Swan Creek Trail

Bozeman, Montana

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The Swan Creek Trail follows the north bank of the creek past meadows, beaver dams, volcanic rock and a pond. Swan Creek meanders through the meadows and tumbles over granite rock where the canyon narrows. The trail continues along the creek for five miles before it begins a steep ascent to 9,600 feet, where the trail connects with the Hyalite Creek Trail and the Gallatin Divide Trail. From the parking area, the wide path heads east along the bank of Swan Creek. It quickly narrows to a footpath and enters the forest. The trail traverses the edge of the hillside overlooking Swan Creek. At 0.5 miles is a pond, then a beautiful meadow. Swan Creek winds through the meadow, pooled up by beaver dams. The trail rises and falls along the hillside, always in view of Swan Creek.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Swan Creek Trail follows the north bank of the creek past meadows, beaver dams, volcanic rock and a pond. Swan Creek meanders through the meadows and tumbles over granite rock where the canyon narrows. The trail continues along the creek for five miles before it begins a steep ascent to 9,600 feet, where the trail connects with the Hyalite Creek Trail and the Gallatin Divide Trail.

From the parking area, the wide path heads east along the bank of Swan Creek. It quickly narrows to a footpath and enters the forest. The trail traverses the edge of the hillside overlooking Swan Creek. At 0.5 miles is a pond, then a beautiful meadow. Swan Creek winds through the meadow, pooled up by beaver dams. The trail rises and falls along the hillside, always in view of Swan Creek.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes to 5 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Hidden Lake, Garnet Mountain, Mount Blackmore, The Sentinel - Rocky Mountain Surveys Spanish Peaks - Crystal Bench Maps - Bozeman, Montana
Driving Directions: Directions to Swan Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/21/2005
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The scenery was beautiful, but the trail was not that challenging. It was fairly flat. In all fariness, we only did about the first 3 miles or so. Unfortunately, we had to get back. There is a meadow in the valley about 1 mile in which is gorgeous. If you have fly fishing gear, bring it in. There were a ton of fish in the creek running through the meadow. If you are looking to climb, there are some nice rock formations along the path as well. They are pretty small, but it would add some challenge to the hike. The creek running along the path for the first 1 mile is really picturesque. Bring your camera as there are a few nice shots to get. If you have kids, this would be a great one for them as it would not be too difficult and has lots of rocks and water to see and play with.



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