Grotto Falls

Bozeman, Montana

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Grotto Falls is a wide and magnificent waterfall. The forested trail to Grotto Falls is an easy wheel-chair accessible gravel path. The surrounding mountains tower above the trail throughout the hike. Log benches have been placed at beautiful stopping points alongside Hyalite Creek. From the parking area, hike south past the trailhead sign along the wide trail. A short distance ahead is a junction with the Hyalite Creek Trail. These two trails crisscross each other four times en route to the falls, and each junction is well marked. The Grotto Falls Trail is the wider trail and leads directly to the waterfall, where a log bench overlooks the falls. Return along the same trail.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Grotto Falls is a wide and magnificent waterfall. The forested trail to Grotto Falls is an easy wheel-chair accessible gravel path. The surrounding mountains tower above the trail throughout the hike. Log benches have been placed at beautiful stopping points alongside Hyalite Creek.

From the parking area, hike south past the trailhead sign along the wide trail. A short distance ahead is a junction with the Hyalite Creek Trail. These two trails crisscross each other four times en route to the falls, and each junction is well marked. The Grotto Falls Trail is the wider trail and leads directly to the waterfall, where a log bench overlooks the falls. Return along the same trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
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 Grotto Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

10/3/2003
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This trail starts at the end of Hyalite Canyon. The trail is a smooth gravel bed wide enough to drive a truck down. A short distance down the trail there is a large clearing on the creek that has been used as a camping area many times. Just past this, the trail divides into two, the main trail still very wide and smooth, and the 2nd trail just slightly less wide and smooth. It parallels the trail to the right, then to the left, and when it crosses to the right again, the main trail begins a large, gentle switchback. Hit the slightly smaller trail for a nice shortcut, then when the main trail comes back, turn right onto it to get to the waterfall. Just before reaching Grotto Falls, there is a picnic table across from the most interesting rock garden I've ever seen. The grotto that the falls are named after is actually quite puny compared to the grottos on most waterfalls in the Ozarks, but the waterfall is gorgeous. There is a giant tree across the stream that provides access to the other bank, if you've got good balance. Head back the way you came, or extend your hike by heading up to one of the many other falls in Hyalite Canyon.



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