Palisade Falls

Bozeman, Montana

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Palisade Creek is a small stream in the Gallatin Mountains that drops spectacularly over a volcanic cliff on its way to join the East Fork Hyalite Creek. You enter old-growth forest and meet the creek at a glorious, open lookout point of the 100-foot Palisade Falls. This is a great hike for children and beginner hikers. Experienced hikers can find plenty of scrambling opportunities in the vicinity of the falls to obtain diverse vantage points. Tall and mature Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pines line the paved path as you travel toward an interesting cliff of exposed volcanic rock. You climb steadily and soon reach a talus field and the first open view of high-reaching Palisade Falls. Follow the creek until the trail ends at an impressive viewpoint from below the cataract. Water splashes for 100 feet down the yellow- and orange-colored columns of rock.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Palisade Creek is a small stream in the Gallatin Mountains that drops spectacularly over a volcanic cliff on its way to join the East Fork Hyalite Creek. You enter old-growth forest and meet the creek at a glorious, open lookout point of the 100-foot Palisade Falls. This is a great hike for children and beginner hikers. Experienced hikers can find plenty of scrambling opportunities in the vicinity of the falls to obtain diverse vantage points.

Tall and mature Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pines line the paved path as you travel toward an interesting cliff of exposed volcanic rock. You climb steadily and soon reach a talus field and the first open view of high-reaching Palisade Falls. Follow the creek until the trail ends at an impressive viewpoint from below the cataract. Water splashes for 100 feet down the yellow- and orange-colored columns of rock.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Walking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 1.0 mile
Elevation Gain: 485 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Season: May-Oct
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Custer Gallatin National Forest, PO Box 130, 10 East Babcock Ave., Bozeman, MT 59771; (406) 587-6701; fs.usda.gov/main/custergallatin
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 84, C3 and D3; USGS Quad Fridley Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Palisade Falls

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