The Knolls at Hillcrest, 55+ Community

The Knolls at Hillcrest is an age-qualified community for active individuals aged 55 and better. It is part of the Highlands, a 500-acre planned community conveniently located near downtown Bozeman. The 55 and older community is adjacent to Bozeman Deaconess and Highland Health Park, and also within easy strolling distance of coffee houses, the Bozeman library, shopping, dining, art galleries, parks, and all the amenities one would expect for an active 55 and over lifestyle. Miles of hiking/biking and XC trails are right off your doorstep. In fact, the trail system within and surrounding the community is extensive and ongoing.

The Knolls at Hillcrest offers many homestyle choices from single-level bungalows…

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During the winter season, Goose Creek provides a quick fix for backcountry skiing enthusiasts. It's easily accessible being approximately 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman (off of Trail Creek Road), although Goose Creek road is not plowed regularly so 4-WD is HIGHLY recommended. But then again, with winter in Montana four-wheel drive is never a bad idea. 

The hike up is pretty forgiving, following a forest road most of the way, and this area is well traveled during the winter. The distance to the summit is 1.7 miles give or take. My girl and I can make it up in 90 minutes and we're not exactly greased lightning when we tour (but that lies on me), so  a motivated individual could probably be up, down, and on the way home in that amount of time. The slope…

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Day Hikes At Hyalite Reservoir

The Hyalite Lake Trail (not to be confused with Hyalite Reservoir) is a Bozeman classic. Folks throw around the words "stunning" and "breathtaking" quite a bit, but in reference to the scenery along this hike, they would not be overstatements.

Many hikes are all about destination, but this hike follows Hyalite Creek, passing eleven spectacular waterfalls along the way. The waterfalls are memorable and each has it's own unique personality. Each waterfall is signed along the way, so you don't have to worry about missing one. I recommend the Day Hikes Around Bozeman guidebook. It's the hiking bible for this area. It features directions to the trailhead and detailed descriptions of various hikes in the area, including…

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