Bozeman Area Trails
This is not an all inclusive list but I believe it is all
the trails longer than a few miles and that are less than an hours drive from
town. Driving distance and approximate
time to the trailhead is from the center of Bozeman (Black and Main
Street). Some road distances/times,
elevation gain and trail distance are approximate and feedback is welcome. Two good maps are the Gallatin National
Forest map and the Spanish Peaks map.
All gravel roads are accessible by even small passenger cars unless
otherwise noted. Trail difficulty can
be inferred from distance vs elevation gain but I try to emphasize
exceptionally rocky or steep trails.
All the trails are rocky at least in parts. Most have good spots that are very runnable. My two favorites are Hyalite in the
Gallatins and Beacon in the Spanish Peaks.
The Spanish peaks definitely have the best overall network, especially
up the South Fork of Spanish Creek.
Grizzlies positively roam out of Yellowstone in the Gallatins and
Spanish Peaks. I recommend taking
bearspray (8-9 oz size) everywhere except the Bridgers and possibly Hyalite
Canyon (which could remotely have grizzlies).
Attach it to a belt around your waist and tuck it into your shorts so it
doesn’t bounce but is readily available if a bear knocks you down. If you haven’t done it before, spray it once
to see how far the yellow spray carries.
Keep in mind that rainy or windy weather is going to limit its
effectiveness. I would absolutely not
run alone in mountains south of Big Sky or south of Pray in the Paradise
Further afield: lots of great trails in the Crazies and
Absaroka’s and Spanish Peaks out of Big Sky, 1-2 hours from town. Feel free to email for advice. email@example.com.
Baldy trail, 10 min drive (4300’ of gain in 5 miles, 2.6 hours round trip)
The Foothills trail, 10 min drive, 11,000’ in 22 mi one-way, intersects most Bridger trails.
Run up Bridger Bowl Ski Area, 25 min dr, to access the ridge, 2500’ in 1.5 mi.
Bracket Creek, 25 min dr, to Grassy Mountain trail to Olson Creek (3000' in 22 miles)
or up to Ross Pass in the Bridgers, 2000’ in 3 mi.
Fairy Lake trailhead, 45 min dr, to Hardscrabble (9,300’) or to Sacajewa
(9,400’) both about 2,000' in 2.5 miles.
Sypes Canyon Trail, 15 mind dr, up 1800' in 6 mi to junction with Foothills
or on up to Baldy 3800' in 5 miles.
Middle Cottonwood Trail, 25 min dr, up 1.3 mil to intersect Foothills, then on up
3 miles and 3000' to saddle to Bostwicks where you can keep climbing 1000'
and a mile to Saddle Peak (9,200') .
Truman Gulch, 30 min dr where you can go about 2 miles to intersect Foothills
Trail and go left to Ross Pass (3 more miles) or right to the Bostwicks and
Saddle Peak or Middle Cottonwood.
Corbly Gulch, 50 min dr where you can climb 4000' in 4 miles to Sacajewea
North Cottonwood, 50 min dr where you can go up easy 4 miles to a beautiful,
often goat filled bench and then right 3 miles to Sacajewa.
South Fork of Spanish Creek, 50 min dr, to Beacon, Summit Lake, Mirror Lake,
Spanish Creek Loop (22 mi, 5600’) or North Fork, Big Bro, Jerome Rock Lake,
South Fork loop.
Indian Ridge, 35 min dr
Hellroaring Trails, 35 min dr,
Lava Lake trail 40 min dr to Table Mountain (9,600’) or Jumbo Mountain
(10,400’) or Deer Creek trail.
Deer Creek trail 50 min dr to Table Mountain (9,600’) or to Moon Lake or to
the South Hellroaring trail
Gallatins from Gallatin Canyon:
Storm Castle Rock, 35 min dr,
Garnet Mountain fire tower, 35 min dr.
Portal Creek, 60 min dr.
Gallatins from town:
Kirk Hills, 10 min dr.
Leverich Canyon, 15 min dr.
Bozeman Creek(aka Sourdough Creek), 10 min dr.
Triple Tree, 10 min dr.
South Cottonwood, 35 min dr.
Goose Creek, 25 min dr. Trail Creek exit off I-90.
New World Gulch to Mystic Lake, 25 min dr.
Hyalite Canyon to:
History Rock, 30 min dr
Mt Blackmore (10,100’), 30 min dr
Hyalite Peak (10,200’), 40 min dr
Emerald Lake, 45 min dr.