South Central Montana Walks

Photo by Jim Chapman
South Central Montana


Saturday, May 19 *note date change*

The Hogback *hike is full*

Location: Livingston
Miles/Difficulty: 5.2 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: David Ball and Teri Ball

A one-way hike up the rocky spine of a ridge across the Paradise Valley from the Absaroka mountain range. There will be spectacular views of the snowy Absarokas and the potential for peak flower displays.

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Saturday, June 9

Porcupine Creek *hike is full*

Location: Big Sky
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Stewart Mohr and Jeanette Hall

Porcupine Creek Trail is an enjoyable early season hike that enters the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area near Big Sky. The trail meanders along Porcupine and First Creeks, through meadows and pine forests with a possible stream crossing.

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Sunday, June 10

Taylor Fork Geology *hike is full*

Location: Big Sky
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Karen Williams and Bill Locke

This hike explores the geomorphology of part of the Taylor Fork drainage. Taylor Fork is characterized by glacial features and spectacular landslides.

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Sunday, June 24

Slip and Slide

Location: Gardiner
Miles/Difficulty: 3 miles/Easy
Leaders: Erica Lighthiser and Andrew Coffey

This trail offers some great views and the chance for solitude that you generally won't find on a short trail inside Yellowstone. This hike provides spectacular views of Electric Peak, Sepulchre Mountain, and the Yellowstone River.

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Friday, July 6

Dailey Creek to Teepee Creek *hike is full*

Location: Bozeman
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Patti Steinmuller and Donna Murphrey

Enjoy walking through sagebrush meadows with views of the Gallatin and Madison Mountain ranges from Dailey Creek in Yellowstone National Park. We will hike to Teepee Creek, an area included in the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan revision, in the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area.

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Sunday, August 12

Divide Peak *hike is full*

Location: Gallatin Gateway
Miles/Difficulty: 11 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Tom Ross and Steve Griswold

This tough hike gains the Gallatin Crest via Storm Castle Creek. Should be lots of wildflowers, and we may be able to coordinate our hike with Forest Service fire experts and learn about the behavior and impacts of the 2012 Millie Fire.

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Friday, August 17

Elephanthead Saddle *hike is full*

Location: Livingston
Miles/Difficulty: 9 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Colleen Ferris and Erica Lighthiser

Climb through deep forest and open meadows to a spectacular view of the northern Absaroka Range. It's not an easy hike, but the reward is well worth the effort.

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Saturday, September 22

Cowboy Heaven *hike is full*

Location: McAllister
Miles/Difficulty: 12 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Lisa Trankley and Jeanette Hall

Cowboy Heaven is a remote area on the west side of the Madison Range that offers stunning views of high mountain peaks and remote wilderness. This area is being considered for addition to the existing Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

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Saturday, September 29

Cinnamon Meadows *hike is full*

Location: Big Sky
Miles/Difficulty: 6.5 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Roger Jenkins and Susie McDonald

Hike through stunning fall colors to the meadows south of Cinnamon Mountain, just south of Big Sky. Along the way, you'll be treated to great views of the Taylor-Hilgard unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

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