As the temperatures rise, there’s no better way to beat the heat than to visit a refreshing Montana waterfall. Please read on for a sampling of Knoff Group Real Estate’s favorite waterfall hikes in the Bozeman, Livingston, and Big Sky areas!
In Big Sky
Situated in the heart of Big Sky, Ousel Falls offers a short hike into a beautiful, forested canyon with live water most of the way. The trail follows alongside the South and West Forks of the Gallatin River and leads to a picturesque waterfall, passing over three bridges along the way. With various routes to choose from, hikers can enjoy different vantage points, including the South Fork Overlook, the top of the Falls, or the rocky Ousel Falls Overlook.
Grotto Falls is a popular waterfall hike located south of Bozeman up Hyalite Canyon. Wander through the scenic meadows and evergreen forest before arriving at the waterfall. The trail climbs only 170 feet over 1.5 miles, making it a suitable hike for all skill levels. Plus, there are rustic log benches throughout the trail, which makes it easy to sit down and take the views in.
Palisade Falls is a picturesque waterfall located in the Hyalite Recreation Area, just south of downtown Bozeman. The short trail begins at the East Fork of Hyalite Creek and leads you to a bridge facing the falls. There, you’ll be able to view the 80-foot waterfall at the southern base of Palisade Mountain. Bonus: picnic tables are available at the trailhead if you want to make it an all-day outing!
In Paradise Valley
Discover the beauty of Pine Creek Falls, a 2.5-mile out and back trail just outside of Livingston. It’s a moderate hike and quite shaded, but in the summer it’s most enjoyable in the early morning or later evening. After about half a mile, you’ll cross Pine Creek and continue the trail into a dense forest where you’ll be able to view the falls from a pack bridge. Continue on the trail for a demanding and steep but enjoyable hike to Pine Creek Lake.
Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park is the park’s largest and most renowned waterfall, drawing visitors from all over the world. It’s the second most photographed spot after Old Faithful Geyser, captivating visitors with its 308-foot drop. Easily accessible from both the east and west sides of the Grand Canyon, the scenic overlooks at Inspiration Point, Grand View Point, Lookout Point, and Artists Point offer jaw dropping views of this national treasure.