Hiking & Backpacking

 

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Photo by Ryan Krueger

 

by Maggie Slepian

Getting your cardio on asphalt is for folks who live in places without easy access to a network of scenic trails. All these trailheads are within 30 minutes of downtown Bozeman, and there’s something for everyone.

Palisade Falls
Difficulty: Easy
Popularity: High
Round trip: 1.2 miles
Elevation gain: 250 feet

Drinking Horse
Difficulty: Easy
Popularity: High
Round trip: 2.4 miles
Elevation gain: 700 feet

M Trail
Difficulty: Hard (right fork), easy (left fork)
Popularity: High
Round trip: 1 mile (right fork), 3 miles (left fork)
Elevation gain: 850 feet

Sypes Canyon
Difficulty: Medium
Popularity: High
Round trip: 4 miles
Elevation gain: 1,000 feet

Lower Mt. Ellis (From Mt. Ellis Road)
Difficulty: Medium
Popularity: Low
Round trip: 6 miles
Elevation gain: 2,400 feet

Chestnut Mountain
Difficulty: Medium
Popularity: Medium
Round trip: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 2,200 feet

Triple Tree Trail
Difficulty: Medium
Popularity: High
Round trip: 4.5 miles
Elevation gain: 800 feet

Lava Lake
Difficulty: Medium
Popularity: High
Round trip: 6 miles
Elevation gain: 1,600 feet

Storm Castle Peak
Difficulty: Hard
Popularity: Medium
Round trip: 5 miles
Elevation gain: 2,300 feet

Baldy Mountain (From M Trail)
Difficulty: Stupid hard
Popularity: Low
Round trip: 9 miles
Elevation gain: 4,000 feet