The Best Hiking Trails in Big Sky and Yellowstone You Won’t Find On Your Own

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Beacon Point – 20 Miles Roundtrip, 6,000′ Elevation Gain – Beacon Point is one of the most remote points in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. This hike offers expansive views of the greater Bozeman area, commanding views of Gallatin Peak, and impressive views of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. This demanding hike is well worth the effort.

Cinnamon Mountain – 8.5 Miles Roundtrip, 2570′ Elevation Gain – Starting at the Cinnamon Creek Trailhead, this well trodden trail wanders uphill to the top of Cinnamon Mountain at 9235′. From the aged fire lookout at the summit you have impressive views of the Taylor Hilgard Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Lone Mountain and Big Sky Resort, and the Gallatin Canyon far below.

Storm Castle – 5 Miles Roundtrip, 1900′ Elevation Gain – When you drive north on Highway 191 from Big Sky to Bozeman, you’ll notice the unique and rocky tiered summit of Storm Castle. Take the steep trail to the summit and gawk in awe at the surrounding Madison and Gallatin Ranges. You may also recognize this mountain and the flowing Gallatin River from the Hollywood hit, A River Runs Through It.

Gallatin Riverside Trail – 3.1 Miles One-way, 200′ Elevation Gain – This short hike can be done one way or round trip. Follow the trail as it parallels the Gallatin River while it tumbles down the canyon. Thick forests and ancient gneiss formations combined with stunning views makes for a great way to spend a few hours. * Continue reading on the next page.

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