Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin National Forest
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This vast and scenic area epitomizes the landscape of Montana: snowy peaks, alpine meadows and dramatic canyons.
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Janie R
Chesapeake171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
Have been here many, many times while visiting Bozeman for hikes with son and his family that live there. Absolutely beautiful place. The hikes, the falls, the lake area and breathtaking scenery. This last trip the park was still closed due to snow and rock slides but we walked to the Practice Rock area and came back later in the week to climb the hill. Our son, an experienced rock climber lost his life on Practice Rock Sept 2, 2013.
Written 4 May 2014
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Mary K
Providence, RI420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This gem is not well advertised...maybe locals want to keep tourists away!! Gallatin Nat'l Forest is huge, and PART of Gallatin is huge 34,000 Hyalite Canyon. Go south on 19th street in Bozeman and drive 5 miles to Hyalite Canyon Road. There IS a small sign! There is a map a bit down that will show different areas of interest. Take a picture of this map to keep your bearings. We went to Grotto Falls and Palisades Falls and enjoyed both walks very much. Grotto Falls is VERY beautiful. Nice picture opportunities. The Grotto Falls walk is 1.5 miles one way. Palisades Falls is .5 miles each way. Nice picnic facilities are available as well. Well worth your time. Oh, there is camping available and it looked like there would be great options to camp next to water. Recommended place!!
Written 27 June 2013
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Karen C
Calistoga, CA262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Went to Gallatin National Forest with friends & had a wonderful time. We went to Hyalite Lake where we had a relaxing lunch while our dogs swam in the cool water on the hot day. The lake was beautiful with the snow capped mountains in the background. Great place to spend a hot day.
Written 7 July 2014
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Jessie S
Walnut Cove, NC350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
My husband and I couldn't get into the Mammoth Hot Springs Campground in Yellowstone National Park so we ended up going back into town (turn off on Second St near the gas station) and staying at the Eagle Creek campground in the Gallatin National Forest. Way better campground, beautiful views and woke up to a small herd of bison in camp the next morning. The price for the campsite was $7.
Written 18 April 2016
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Frugalmama57
Warren, IN1,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014
We noticed an advert for the trail is the Big Sky visitor's guide. The trail is fine gravel and flat. The only issue might be the steepness of the trail in some places. The thinner air combined with this might be a challenge for some. We are not hikers & not in the best of shape and got along fine. The falls at the end of the trail was a tremendous reward for our effort. Hint: There is a smaller falls part of the way to the main falls that was so beautiful that we would have thought we had reached our destination had a couple of hikers not told us otherwise.
Written 5 October 2014
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Kathy P
North Myrtle Beach, SC583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Great Place for a hike. Lots of people camping so I'm sure that would be the case as well. We got there late in the day for a quick walk beautiful lake and would have loved to spend more time.
Written 22 August 2019
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Brian C
Arlington, TX133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Located about 35 minutes outside of Bozeman, Montana this hidden gem is worth the 1 mile easy hike from the trailhead within the park. On your way you will cross a dam for an amazing crystal clear lake with the snow capped peaks in the background. The trailhead to the falls is about a mile or so past the dam on a dirt road, but the trailhead parking lot and trail are paved.
Breathtaking Natural Beauty.
Written 16 July 2019
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Chris R
Dallas, TX73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Beautiful National Forest to drive through and doing great some hiking. The forest is gorgeous. We hiked to Palisade Falls and it was simply beuatif. Lots of streams and places to camp along the stream. We even saw a few cabins to rent which we may do next time. The sounds of the streams/rivers was so peaceful. We could have just sat for hours watching & listening to the sound of them. Definitely plan on returning and enjoying this wonderful National Forest.
Written 2 October 2017
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lhamilt77
Philadelphia, PA632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
Every.single.place.you.turn....there is beauty around you. Prior to this, it had been some time since I had visited a national forest, and Gallatin didn't fail to deliver. Like everyone says, you definitely want to check out the Ousel Falls Trail. But you know what I personally recommend, the Palisade Falls Trail. It's a nice little paved jaunt, and worth the effort. The park is immense, and well cared for. So happy I made the visit!
Written 24 September 2017
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Calitripgirl
Sun City, AZ1,015 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We spent a few hours in Hyalite Peak in Gallatin National Forest. Beautiful lush forests and almost no other visitors. The temperature was 74F on our visit at noon. You will have ample opportunities for pictures as the scenic views are outstanding. You can either bike, or drive your way through the park. Lots of area's for picnics or quiet trail walks. Easy drive from Bozeman, Montana. No traffic.
Written 19 July 2014
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