Palisade Falls

Bozeman, Montana

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The hike to Palisade Falls follows a paved wheelchair accessible trail. The forested trail parallels the East Fork of Hyalite Creek to a tall and beautiful waterfall on Palisade Mountain. The towering falls weaves a mosaic of white patterns cascading off the rocks below. At the trailhead is a picnic area. From the parking area, follow the paved path to the east. The trail switchbacks up to a bridge that crosses the East Fork of Hyalite Creek. From the bridge is a stunning frontal view of Palisade Falls. To return, follow the same path back.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The hike to Palisade Falls follows a paved wheelchair accessible trail. The forested trail parallels the East Fork of Hyalite Creek to a tall and beautiful waterfall on Palisade Mountain. The towering falls weaves a mosaic of white patterns cascading off the rocks below. At the trailhead is a picnic area.

From the parking area, follow the paved path to the east. The trail switchbacks up to a bridge that crosses the East Fork of Hyalite Creek. From the bridge is a stunning frontal view of Palisade Falls. To return, follow the same path back.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Fridley Peak - U.S.F.S. Hyalite Drainage Map - Crystal Bench Maps - Bozeman, Montana
Driving Directions: Directions to Palisade Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

10/17/2003
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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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Apr 2018