Photo taken in Cameron, MT

There are so many wonderful things about Fall, especially if you live in Montana and love the outdoors. The trees are rich with sunset colors, the air has a fresh crispness and dances through the magnificent trees creating a soothing symphony only nature can produce. One of the greatest advantages of living near Bozeman is the abundance of hiking trails along with their proximity. 

Hiking can be beneficial for many reasons. Besides the physical benefits, most people find peace in nature. Whether they are enjoying good company and great conversation or wandering through listening to nature’s music and clearing their mind. Whatever the reason is for you to be out hiking, we support you! With a full tank of gas, sturdy hiking boots, and a little motivation, you can be exploring the wild wilderness in no time. Grab a couple of friends, or just bring your trusting 4 legged companion and take a quick drive to your fall hiking paradise. 

We wanted to recommend a couple of incredible hikes for you to explore. If you venture out and try any of these hikes, be sure to tag us in your social media @BuyBozemanHomes and let us know what you thought! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences

1) Passage Falls

Distance: 4.2 miles - round trip
Skill Level: Easy
Features: Falls

2) Pine Creek Falls/Lake 

Distance: 2.5 miles to falls, 10.5 miles to lake
Skill Level: Easy - Difficult 
Features: Falls, Lake, Campground

3) Pioneer Falls

Distance: 7.5 miles round trip
Skill Level: Easy - Moderate 
Features: Falls, Campground

4) Beehive Basin Trail No. 40

Distance: 7 miles round trip
Skill Level: Moderate
Features: Lake

5) East Rosebud Trail to Elk Lake

Distance: 6.9 miles round trip
Skill Level: Moderate
Features: Lake

6) Buffalo Jump State Park Loop

Distance: 3.6 miles round trip
Skill Level: Easy - Moderate
Features: Open View, Wildlife


Before you hit the trails, we wanted to review a couple of quick tips to help you stay safe out there.

  • Know before you go. It is smart to look up recent trail conditions before you head out. Some trails may have snow coverage and some are too muddy to travel.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are hiking. Whether you are hiking with a group, or by yourself, always be sure to let a friend know where you are going and when you expect to be back. 
  • Bring appropriate gear. This time of year we have increasing amounts of lightning storms. Be sure to pack appropriate layers, extra socks, first aid kit, and of course, plenty of water and snacks.
  • Be aware of wildlife. Always carry bear spay this time of year. Be sure to make noise as you hike by calling out or wearing bells. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Bears and moose aren't the only ones to keep an eye out for, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and ticks are also of concern. Read all signage at trailheads for recent sightings. Be sure to check yourself and your pets for ticks if you are venturing out to the trails. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. With the seasons changing trail conditions are also changing, prepare for mud and snow. Watch your step, proceed with caution, and if you can’t make a clear distinction of which way a trail goes, do not continue. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get back down your trail of choice before sundown. Always pack warm equipment, extra water, and snacks in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

For more trail etiquette or to locate a trail map for Gallatin County, CLICK HERE.  

Are you new to Bozeman and in the market for hiking companions?
Don’t stress! There are so many people looking for companions and outdoor buddies. Search Facebook for a local Bozeman hiking forum (there are tons!) and you will quickly be connected to like-minded individuals looking for the same thing. 

 Say Hi on Social Media and share your hikes with us!

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