Best Winter Hiking Spots Near Bozeman

January 12th, 2016 by

best winter hiking spots in BozemanOne of the best things about living in Bozeman is that it doesn’t shut down just because of a little weather. In fact it’s just the opposite, we celebrate it! Pray for snow is not just a saying, it’s a way of life. Yes, of course the warmth and sunshine is great, and who hasn’t dreamed about living on a tropical island surrounded by white sand and an endless supply of drinks with little umbrellas in them, because drinks are always better with little umbrellas in them. You could be brought a cup of mud, but with the right cute umbrella you’d probably consider sipping it. But that’s just a dream, and if we’re all being honest here, it’s not even that great of a dream because there are no seasons. And seasons are what make life exciting! The first snowfall isn’t a demand to shut yourself in for the winter, it’s a demand to finally start doing all that hiking you meant to do this summer but never quite got to. So, check out this list of the best winter hiking spots in Bozeman, tie-on your boots, get out the warm gloves, and get out into this gorgeous nature we’re so lucky to live near! It’ll make you so glad you’re not on some silly beach. Umbrellas go just as well in some hot cocoa.

Best Winter Hiking Spots Near Bozeman

Sourdough Creek Trail

The Sourdough Creek Trail just south of Bozeman is an amazingly beautiful, and easily accessible trail in the winter. The path is wide enough for hikers, and snowshoers, and cross country skiers alike. Bring your pup with you and let him romp in the fresh powder while you take in the mountains and the sound of the slowing creek.

Palisade Falls

Past the Hyalite Reservoir, down the road a few miles is the short but sweet Palisade Falls trail. This paved trail is a great one in the winter. It’s short enough that you won’t freeze doing the whole thing, and it’s paved, so you can bring your little ones in the jogging stroller if you want. The bonus is that the glittering frozen falls at the end of the trail are a gorgeous, picturesque sight!

Drinking Horse Trail

Across from the M, and right next to the Fish Hatchery, the Drinking Horse Trail is close to town, but takes you out into the gorgeous mountain wilderness in just a few steps. If you’re looking for a little workout in your winter hike, this is a good one. It’s a 2.1 mile loop that will get you high above the town for some spectacular winter views!

Hyalite Creek Trail

Glittering, crystallized waterfalls, sweeping white, snowy landscapes, and a fantastic lake view are just a few of the amazing things you’ll see on the Hyalite Creek Trail. Hyalite truly has some of the most majestic scenery in all of Bozeman. The drive up there is beautiful as well. You’ll wind through trees and mountains, all snowy and pristine – exactly like a winter postcard in real life!