Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
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This hike is located in the beautiful Hyalite Canyon, just 12 miles south of Bozeman. The trail is paved, but I wouldn't exactly consider it wheelchair accessible, due to the steep slope approaching the waterfall. The trail switchbacks gently for most of the length of the hike, but becomes steeper right before reaching Palisade Falls. You'll know you're close when you see a steep talus pile on the left. At the end of the pavement there is a tiny bridge crossing the stream made by the falls with some enormous Ponderosa Pines flanking it. The waterfall itself is absolutely gorgeous. The wall it spills down has a similar appearance to Devil's Tower, and the water really sparkles as it splashes down this uneven cliff. Climbing a somewhat slippery slope to the right leads to a great view further into the canyon.
I only gave this hike a '3' because of the somewhat boring nature of the paved trail. Once you reach the waterfall area, it's definitely a '5', and worth further exploration.
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