Four Dances Trail
ElevationAscent: 408' 124 m
Descent: -407' -124 m
High: 3,569' 1,088 m
Low: 3,205' 977 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“From the sweeping views of Billings to the hefty 400ft climb, this hike makes for a lovely, close-to-town outing.”— Amber Scott
Family Friendly The wide, smooth, well-maintained trails make this route easy for little ones to navigate. Make this an out-and-back of whatever length is appropriate for your family!
Because it's open and exposed, be mindful of summer sun and heat, and consider hiking early or late in the day. This trail also tends to either be clear or packed in during the winter, but the bit heading down to the river can get messy and muddy so take care or avoid this section depending on the conditions.
From the trailhead, hike along the main trail, heading back towards Billings and towards the bluffs. At the first major intersection, turn right and follow the most obvious path north (there will be other smaller, game trails intersecting here and there, but the main route is the widest and most obvious route). At the edge of the cliffs, there are views of the Yellowstone River, Billings, and the Beartooth Mountains in the distance.
Carefully follow the trail down a couple of rocky, loose switchbacks to the riverbank. Here, the trail dissipates—be mindful of the more fragile river ecosystems and perhaps keep the exploring to a minimum to minimize your impact on the area! Turn around and look for the "Yegen Bros." writing on the sandstone cliffs, a vestige of Peter Yegen's clothing and shoe store from the early 1900s. Then head back to the trailhead, either along the same route or take the time to wander some of the other trails crisscrossing Four Dances.
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