Palisade Falls

Bozeman, Montana 59719

Palisade Falls

Palisade Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The hike to Palisade Falls follows a paved wheelchair accessible trail. The forested trail parallels the East Fork of Hyalite Creek to a tall and beautiful waterfall on Palisade Mountain. The towering falls weaves a mosaic of white patterns cascading off the rocks below. At the trailhead is a picnic area.

From the parking area, follow the paved path to the east. The trail switchbacks up to a bridge that crosses the East Fork of Hyalite Creek. From the bridge is a stunning frontal view of Palisade Falls. To return, follow the same path back."

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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."

Palisade Falls Reviews

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This is another one of my favorite little excursions when visiting Bozeman. It is an easy, paved walk to the beautiful, dramatic falls. It's a cool place for kids, dogs, picnics. For even better views keep going! Another nearby hike goes to Grotto Falls, which is also awesome and well worth it.
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This hike is located in the beautiful Hyalite Canyon, just 12 miles south of Bozeman. The trail is paved, but I wouldn't exactly consider it wheelchair accessible, due to the steep slope approaching the waterfall. The trail switchbacks gently for most of the length of the hike, but becomes steeper right before reaching Palisade Falls. You'll know you're close when you see a steep talus pile on the left. At the end of the pavement there is a tiny bridge crossing the stream made by the falls with some enormous Ponderosa Pines flanking it. The waterfall itself is absolutely gorgeous. The wall it spills down has a similar appearance to Devil's Tower, and the water really sparkles as it splashes down this uneven cliff. Climbing a somewhat slippery slope to the right leads to a great view further into the canyon. I only gave this hike a '3' because of the somewhat boring nature of the paved trail. Once you reach the waterfall area, it's definitely a '5', and worth further exploration.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
Best May to October
Additional Use
U.S.G.S. Fridley Peak - U.S.F.S. Hyalite Drainage Map - Crystal Bench Maps - Bozeman, Montana
Local Maps

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Nov 2018