Passage Falls

Bozeman, Montana

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Passage Creek is located in the Mill Creek drainage of the Absaroka Range northeast of Gardiner. Popular on summer weekends, the hike to the falls is a lovely walk through unique landscape. The practically flat trail takes you through the remains of the fairly recent Wicked Fire of 2007. The blaze took out the old growth, and new trees are just beginning to make a comeback. Due to lack of shade, this hike is most enjoyable on cool or cloudy days. At the falls you finally enter the cover of green forest. Passage Falls forms a gorgeous curtain over a cli ff and comes down 50 feet into a gentle stream. You cross a bridge over Mill Creek and start to follow Passage Creek along the east side through burned landscape. Not a single live tree is left standing, so it can be very hot during the day in summer. Nonetheless, the hilly terrain with lush grass and green vegetation is quite beautiful. After a quarter mile of gentle hiking, you cross a bridge to the west side of Passage Creek. Tall fields of fireweed and bushes of ripe red raspberry grow along the sides of the trail in late July. Distant Mount Wallace comes into view to the south after the first mile.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Passage Creek is located in the Mill Creek drainage of the Absaroka Range northeast of Gardiner. Popular on summer weekends, the hike to the falls is a lovely walk through unique landscape. The practically flat trail takes you through the remains of the fairly recent Wicked Fire of 2007. The blaze took out the old growth, and new trees are just beginning to make a comeback. Due to lack of shade, this hike is most enjoyable on cool or cloudy days. At the falls you finally enter the cover of green forest. Passage Falls forms a gorgeous curtain over a cli ff and comes down 50 feet into a gentle stream.

You cross a bridge over Mill Creek and start to follow Passage Creek along the east side through burned landscape. Not a single live tree is left standing, so it can be very hot during the day in summer. Nonetheless, the hilly terrain with lush grass and green vegetation is quite beautiful. After a quarter mile of gentle hiking, you cross a bridge to the west side of Passage Creek. Tall fields of fireweed and bushes of ripe red raspberry grow along the sides of the trail in late July. Distant Mount Wallace comes into view to the south after the first mile.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bozeman
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 285 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-4 hours
Season: June-Oct
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-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 85, E6; USGS Quad Mount Wallace
Driving Directions: Directions to Passage Falls

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