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A great quick loop just north of Bozeman.


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3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

Loop

6,419' 1,957 m

High

5,559' 1,694 m

Low

872' 266 m

Up

871' 266 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The quick hike offers some big views and a quick workout.

Description

From the parking lot, the trail heads along the fence line eventually crossing North Cottonwood Creek. About a mile in, you peel away from the North Cottonwood Creek Access Trail #546 and switchback uphill. Turn around to catch the views.

Once you gain the top of the hill, the trail evens out and rolls along the edge of the steep hill. You pass through mature coniferous forest, that provides some lovely views. Eventually, the creek rises up to meet the trail, and you arrive at the intersection of North Cottonwood Creek Trail #545, North Cottonwood Low Elevation Connector.

Take a left on the North Cottonwood Low Elevation Connector. You'll need to open the gate to get in. You are now on private property, so behave yourself. Continue along through the forested area along the creek.

Once the trees become spotty and you are in open prairie, you come to another gate and head to the right and you are soon back in the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Photos

The trail heads up the hill in the background
Sep 3, 2018 near Belgrade, MT
Open trail through the pines
Sep 2, 2018 near Belgrade, MT
The trail carving through healthy forest on the hillside
Jul 26, 2018 near Belgrade, MT
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