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Sypes Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A popular afternoon hike near Bozeman.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Out and Back

6,811' 2,076 m

High

5,244' 1,599 m

Low

1,599' 488 m

Up

1,599' 487 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Sypes Canyon can be either a 4 mile out-and-back hike (there's a great overlook of the entire Gallatin Valley 2.0 miles in) or a 6.4 mile out-and-back if you go all the way to the Bridger Foothills Trail (which is a great option for extending your hike). This makes for a great spring or early summer hike as Sypes Creek is usually flowing until mid-summer. Because it's a popular route, it stays pretty packed out through the winter as well.

Description

The Sypes Canyon Trail is a good one for getting your heart rate up. It starts out for a short period of time flat and straight but quickly begins switchbacking as it heads towards joining the Bridger Foothills Trail. This trail can be an out and back, or can be joined for a loop with Truman Gulch, The College M Trail, or Middle Cottonwood.

From the trailhead make your way up the path gaining elevation gently. Once you're warmed-up, prepare for the real workout and the switchbacks begin. Things mellow out slightly as you gain one of the shoulders coming off the Bridger Ridge, but things don't get much easier. Continue climbing either until you reach an obvious promontory overlooking Bozeman or continue to the top where the trail joins the Bridger Foothills Trail.

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20 minutes into the Sypes Canyon trail
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
Summit of Sypes Canyon trail.
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
View of Bozeman
Jul 22, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
Misty trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Trail marker at the Crossroads
May 15, 2019 near Bozeman, MT

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Check-Ins

Jul 10, 2022
Shay McPhail
6.7mi — 2h 45m
Jun 28, 2022
Matt Peters
Jun 1, 2022
Russell Hobart
May 22, 2022
Brandon B
4.4mi — 2h 41m
Aug 4, 2021
Shay McPhail
Jun 2, 2021
Joan Signorille
Nice hike. Couple of wet spots early on. Otherwise fine. Great view 4.6mi
Mar 24, 2021
Anna H
Lots of ice and snow this time of year, bring your Yak Tracks. 4.6mi — 2h 05m
May 15, 2020
Patrick Moran
Only got in 2.4, Friday afternoon, because video Happy Hour — 1h 10m