Swan Creek

Gallatin National Forest, Montana 59771

Elevation Gain638ft
Trailhead Elevation5,895ft
Elevation Min/Max5895/6246ft
Elevation Start/End5895/5895ft

Swan Creek

Swan Creek is a hiking trail in Big Sky, Montana. It is within Gallatin National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 5,895 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 638 feet. This trail connects with the following: Fs 186.

Swan Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Swan Creek Trail follows the north bank of the creek past meadows, beaver dams, volcanic rock and a pond. Swan Creek meanders through the meadows and tumbles over granite rock where the canyon narrows. The trail continues along the creek for five miles before it begins a steep ascent to 9,600 feet, where the trail connects with the Hyalite Creek Trail and the Gallatin Divide Trail.

From the parking area, the wide path heads east along the bank of Swan Creek. It quickly narrows to a footpath and enters the forest. The trail traverses the edge of the hillside overlooking Swan Creek. At 0.5 miles is a pond, then a beautiful meadow. Swan Creek winds through the meadow, pooled up by beaver dams. The trail rises and falls along the hillside, always in view of Swan Creek."

"Located 20 miles south of Bozeman in Gallatin Canyon, up the Swan Creek drainage. Highlights: Very light use; good views from Line Creek Road; beautiful ride/walk along Swan Creek. Tread: 8.5 miles on open logging road; 3.6 miles on closed logging road; 2.3 miles on singletrack."

Swan Creek Reviews

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The scenery was beautiful, but the trail was not that challenging. It was fairly flat. In all fariness, we only did about the first 3 miles or so. Unfortunately, we had to get back. There is a meadow in the valley about 1 mile in which is gorgeous. If you have fly fishing gear, bring it in. There were a ton of fish in the creek running through the meadow. If you are looking to climb, there are some nice rock formations along the path as well. They are pretty small, but it would add some challenge to the hike. The creek running along the path for the first 1 mile is really picturesque. Bring your camera as there are a few nice shots to get. If you have kids, this would be a great one for them as it would not be too difficult and has lots of rocks and water to see and play with.

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Trail Information

Gallatin National Forest
Nearby City
Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin National Forest (406) 587-6768
Local Contacts
Gallatin National Forest; USGS Mount Blackmore, Garnet Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018