The team at Knoff Group Real Estate loves late summer/early fall cooler weather – it’s the perfect time to enjoy heading out on our local trails. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite fall hikes in the Bozeman area for you to enjoy – bonus that these are all dog friendly!
#5 – Lick Creek. Located about 8.5miles up Hyalite Canyon, Lick Creek is a great option if you’re looking for a less crowded trail with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains in Hyalite. Following an old logging trail, this hike is a 7-mile forested loop.
#4 – Sypes Canyon. Only minutes from downtown Bozeman, Sypes Canyon winds up into the Bridgers from a smaller trailhead. Cooler temperatures on this sunny hike make the 6 mile loop a bit more enjoyable during the fall. Follow the switchbacks through colorful aspen groves and the creek-fed canyon culminating at a great overlook of the valley. Sypes Canyon connects with the Bridger Foothills trail for those wanting a longer hike.
#3 – Triple Tree Trail. Located off Sourdough Road, south of downtown Bozeman, Triple Tree Trail is a fall hike staple in Bozeman. This hike is the place to watch the leaves fall and change colors through the mesmerizing aspen groves. Triple Tree is a great family friendly option or if you’re looking to hike with limited time. This trail connects with the Main Street to Mountains complex of trails for those wanting to add mileage.
#2 – Pioneer Falls. Pioneer Fall is a great early-fall hike. Accessed via Spanish Creek Road from the northern edge of Gallatin Canyon, the Pioneer Falls trailhead starts from the Spanish Creek Campground and heads into Lee Metcalf Wilderness. At about 3 miles you will begin the 450-foot climb towards the falls. This 7.5 mile loop provides gorgeous views of a 40-foot waterfall but is only open until late fall, so make sure the trail is still accessible before you head out.
#1 – New World Gulch. The New World Gulch trailhead starts at the end of Bear Canyon Rd and winds through a heavily wooded forest before entering a serene meadow below Mt. Ellis, making for gorgeous fall views. Make sure to bring bear spray and watch for wildlife.