Sypes Canyon Trail 531

Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Elevation Gain1,705ft
Trailhead Elevation5,208ft
Elevation Min/Max5208/6832ft
Elevation Start/End5208/5208ft

Sypes Canyon Trail 531

Sypes Canyon Trail 531 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Gallatin County, Montana. It is within Gallatin National Forest and State Trust. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 5,208 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,705 feet. The Sypes Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Along the trail there is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Bridger Mountains Trail 534.

Sypes Canyon Trail 531 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Sypes Canyon follows a creek-fed canyon on the west side of the Bridger Mountains. The hike leads through a lush, shady forest and up the south canyon wall. The hike ends at an overlook with outstanding views of the Gallatin Valley, Bozeman and the Madison and Tobacco Root Mountain Ranges.

Head east past the trail sign and through a grassy, fenced access. Enter a lush forest canopy into Sypes Canyon on the right side of Sypes Creek. Cross over to the north side of the creek, and head up the north wall of the canyon above Sypes Creek. At a half mile, the trail reaches a ridge. Descend alongside a rock wall cliff into the lush, forested canyon. Curve right at one mile, heading south up the canyon while skirting the edge of the national forest boundary."

"Located 4 miles north of Bozeman in the southwestern foothills of the Bridger Range. Highlights: Challenging singletrack; a fun hillclimb through shady forest; outstanding views of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley; wildlife; and possibly the best picnic spot in the area. Tread: 5.8 miles on singletrack."

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Nice trail with incredible views near the top of the Madison range, Spanish Peaks and the entire Bozeman valley. It is a decent hike, I would call it moderate. You have the choice to continue on up toward the ridge line and can then go left to Fairy Lake or right to the "M" trail. Just know that both are quite a good hike away. It would be a good full day hike and a camp out on the trail somewhere. Nice 3-5 hour day hike though for some awesome views and a picnic!
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A decent trail with some variety between foreste areas and open rock canyons. Some nice views. Not overly strenuous but you'll get some reasonable exercise.

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Trail Information

Gallatin National Forest
Nearby City
Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin National Forest (406) 587-6747
Local Contacts
USGS Kelly Creek, Saddle Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018