Gallatin Riverside Trail

Bozeman, Montana

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The Gallatin Riverside Trail parallels the eastern bank of the river. The forested trail hugs the rocky cliffs past moss-covered rocks and small streams feeding the river. Kayakers and rafters are often seen working their way downstream. This trail may be hiked one way by parking a shuttle car south of the Highway 191 bridge crossing the Gallatin River, just beyond the Lava Lake trailhead parking area. The trailhead is on the south side of the road. Cross the wooden bridge over Squaw Creek. The path leads uphill 0.2 miles through the dense evergreen forest to a signed trail junction. Take the right fork, continuing on the Gallatin Riverside Trail. The trail zigzags through the forest to a grassy bench on the valley floor. A short distance ahead is a walk-through gate. From here, the trail leads to the river’s edge. The trail follows the river bank along the edge of the rocky cliffs.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Gallatin Riverside Trail parallels the eastern bank of the river. The forested trail hugs the rocky cliffs past moss-covered rocks and small streams feeding the river. Kayakers and rafters are often seen working their way downstream. This trail may be hiked one way by parking a shuttle car south of the Highway 191 bridge crossing the Gallatin River, just beyond the Lava Lake trailhead parking area.

The trailhead is on the south side of the road. Cross the wooden bridge over Squaw Creek. The path leads uphill 0.2 miles through the dense evergreen forest to a signed trail junction. Take the right fork, continuing on the Gallatin Riverside Trail. The trail zigzags through the forest to a grassy bench on the valley floor. A short distance ahead is a walk-through gate. From here, the trail leads to the river’s edge. The trail follows the river bank along the edge of the rocky cliffs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Garnet Mountain - Rocky Mountain Surveys Spanish Peaks - Crystal Bench Maps - Bozeman, Montana
Driving Directions: Directions to Gallatin Riverside Trail

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