Palisade Falls

Bozeman, Montana 59719

Palisade Falls

Palisade Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
1.0 mile
485 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
20-30 minutes
Additional Use
Custer Gallatin National Forest, PO Box 130, 10 East Babcock Ave., Bozeman, MT 59771; (406) 587-6701;
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 84, C3 and D3; USGS Quad Fridley Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018