Bear Trap Canyon Trail

Bozeman, Montana

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The Bear Trap Canyon Trail, located in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, hugs the eastern shore of the Madison River. This is a well known and popular trout fishing area. The trail winds through the 6,000-acre canyon along sheer rock cliffs carved 1,500 feet deep by the river. The only hiking access is from the north, insuring solitude the deeper into the canyon you hike. The full length of the trail is seven miles long. At the southern end is the dam and powerhouse holding back Ennis Lake. Hiking is prohibited around the dam.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Bear Trap Canyon Trail, located in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, hugs the eastern shore of the Madison River. This is a well known and popular trout fishing area. The trail winds through the 6,000-acre canyon along sheer rock cliffs carved 1,500 feet deep by the river.

The only hiking access is from the north, insuring solitude the deeper into the canyon you hike. The full length of the trail is seven miles long. At the southern end is the dam and powerhouse holding back Ennis Lake. Hiking is prohibited around the dam.

©  Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes and up
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Bear Trap Creek, Norris, Ennis Lake - U.S.F.S. Gallatin National Forest - West Half - BLM Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Trap Canyon Trail

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