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Recommended Routes in Southwestern Montana - 48

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Favorite Lava Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Lava Lake Trail

5.7 mi 9.1 km 1,581' Up 481.85 m Up 1,579' Down 481.15 m Down

Big Sky, MT
Favorite Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
Difficult

Bridger Ridge Traverse

18.7 mi 30.1 km 4,060' Up 1237.47 m Up 6,840' Down 2084.7 m Down

Bozeman, MT
Favorite Standing on the edge of Jewel Lake
Difficult

Pine Creek Lake

10.4 mi 16.7 km 3,391' Up 1033.58 m Up 3,391' Down 1033.51 m Down

Livingston, MT
Favorite Descending Hyalite Peak
Intermediate

Hyalite Peak

15.0 mi 24.1 km 3,245' Up 989.1 m Up 3,245' Down 988.98 m Down

Bozeman, MT
Favorite Yellowstone River near the Bear Creek bridge.
Difficult

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

12.9 mi 20.7 km 1,545' Up 471 m Up 2,036' Down 620.5 m Down

Mammoth…, WY
Favorite Bozeman as seen from Drinking Horse Mountain.
Intermediate

Drinking Horse Mountain

2.3 mi 3.7 km 643' Up 196.07 m Up 643' Down 196.03 m Down

Bozeman, MT
Favorite On the Sky Rim Trail, looking west toward Dailey Pass.
Difficult

Sky Rim - West

19.4 mi 31.3 km 4,313' Up 1314.66 m Up 4,313' Down 1314.57 m Down

Gardiner, MT
Favorite 20 minutes into the Sypes Canyon trail
Intermediate

Sypes Canyon Trail

6.4 mi 10.3 km 1,599' Up 487.52 m Up 1,599' Down 487.36 m Down

Bozeman, MT
Favorite Spring Leaves
Difficult

Wilson Peak

12.5 mi 20.1 km 4,164' Up 1269.08 m Up 4,163' Down 1268.88 m Down

Big Sky, MT

Southwestern Montana Hiking

  • 4,671 Miles 7,518 Kilometers of Trail
  • 51 Recommended Routes
  • 170 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 399 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 298 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Montana - 816

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3.3 mi 5.3 km #1Beehive Basin Trail #40
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT 15 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #2Trapper Peak Trail
Very Difficult
Hamilton, MT
Very Difficult
Hamilton, MT
10.7 mi 17.3 km #3Sky Rim Trail
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
2.9 mi 4.6 km #4Lava Lake Trail #77
Intermediate
Big Sky, MT
Intermediate
Big Sky, MT
15.8 mi 25.4 km #5Yellowstone River Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tower Junction, WY
Intermediate/Difficult
Tower Junction, WY
5.7 mi 9.1 km #6East Fork Hyalite Creek Trail #434
Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
4.1 mi 6.6 km #7Cottonwood Lake
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Bear Creek Overlook Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Hamilton, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Hamilton, MT
6.6 mi 10.6 km #9Corbly Gulch Trail #544
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
9.1 mi 14.7 km #10Buffalo Horn Trail
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Difficult
Big Sky, MT

Photos of Southwestern Montana - 415

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Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
Oct 18, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Wounded Man Lake.
Apr 25, 2015 near Cooke City, MT
South bound view from top of Sacagawea Peak.
Aug 27, 2021 near Bozeman, MT
Views from the overlook
Nov 12, 2019 near Hamilton, MT
The Down River Ski Loop goes right along the Madison River for a good ways.
May 2, 2016 near West Ye…, MT
Sourcing water on the Knox Lake Trail.
Apr 24, 2015 near Gardiner, MT
Looking west just south of Rattlesnake Butte at sunset.
Apr 24, 2016 near Gardiner, MT
North bound at Ross Pass.
Aug 27, 2021 near Bozeman, MT