Passage Falls

Emigrant, Montana

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Passage Falls is a massive, powerful waterfall that leaps over moss-covered rocks straight down to the narrow canyon’s rocky floor. The trail to Passage Falls parallels Passage Creek. A side trail branches off to see the falls. The Wallace Creek Trail and Passage Creek Trail take off together as the same trail but separate upstream. The trail begins at the bridge where Mill Creek and Passage Creek join together. Once over Mill Creek, continue south to another wooden bridge crossing over Passage Creek. At one mile the trail crosses a stream with a small waterfall and cascade. After a second stream, the forested trail emerges into a small meadow, then ducks back into the forest canopy.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Passage Falls is a massive, powerful waterfall that leaps over moss-covered rocks straight down to the narrow canyon’s rocky floor. The trail to Passage Falls parallels Passage Creek. A side trail branches off to see the falls. The Wallace Creek Trail and Passage Creek Trail take off together as the same trail but separate upstream.

The trail begins at the bridge where Mill Creek and Passage Creek join together. Once over Mill Creek, continue south to another wooden bridge crossing over Passage Creek. At one mile the trail crosses a stream with a small waterfall and cascade. After a second stream, the forested trail emerges into a small meadow, then ducks back into the forest canopy.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Emigrant
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 480 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. Knowles Peak, The Pyramid, Mount Wallace - U.S.F.S. Gallatin National Forest East Half
Driving Directions: Directions to Passage Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2016
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Note the bridges over Mill Creek has been replaced and now suitable for horses or hikers. This trail get a lot of use. It is easy and beautiful from mid June to the fall. There is a bit of a hill at the end that take you to a point where horses have to be left before descending to the falls. On wet days this descent can be treacherous in a couple of spots. The walk down the falls is worth it. There is another trail that is off to the right on the descent that will take you to the top of the falls....again watch the pets and kids. This area remains damp due to the moisture. The falls during the melt cycle is one of the best. Not the drams of Pine Creek's double falls. Two stars for exercise, 5 for beauty and the reward at the end of the hike.


6/8/2009
0

The trail is is thru mostly burnt trees, but the falls are simply spectacular. Very easy trail, the crux is getting across the river next to the parking lot...there is a sketchy log with a hand rail to use since the bridge was washed out tho.



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