Not Too Long And Not Too Short, We Found The Most Perfect Waterfall Hike Right Here In Montana
Montana is full of beautiful hiking trails that range from short and easy to extremely challenging. We happen to think the perfect hike falls somewhere in the middle, an exhilarating path that is moderately challenging, but also doable for a beginner. Bonus points if it offers stunning scenery along the way.
Not only does the Passage Falls Trail check off all of those boxes, but it also happens to be home to one of the Treasure State’s most stunning waterfalls. The next time to happen to find yourself near Livingston, check it out.
The Passage Falls Trail is also known as the Wallace Creek Trail in Gallatin National Forest.
But, of course, it's best known for this gorgeous cascade, not the creek.
To reach the trail, head east on I-90 toward Livingston (from Bozeman) and take Highway 89 South for about 16 miles.
Between mile markers 37 and 38, take a left onto Mill Creek Road and drive for about 14 more miles until you spot the trailhead.
This hike is about five miles round-trip. Luckily, most of it is fairly flat.
The trail down to the waterfall is a bit steep, but other than that, you should enjoy smooth sailing.
This area tends to be full of beautiful wildflowers in the summer, which is the best time to go.
The trail follows a creek for about two miles, at which time you'll take a right at the fork in the road. Take a sharp left and you'll be close to the falls.
Passage Falls is pretty impressive, and you'll probably hear the waterfall before you even see it.
The flow of the water will vary depending on the season, but it never stops.
You'll notice an elevation gain before you reach the falls, but then you'll take a steep path that is full of switchbacks down to the waterfall.
But it's definitely worth it to get an up-close-and-personal look at this magnificent cascade.
Once you've reached the falls, feel free to stop and relax. You might even want to enjoy a picnic.
The most experienced hikers use this as a jumping-off point into the backcountry of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. However, most simply turn around and head back when they're done admiring the falls.
From wildflowers to a fantastic waterfall, the Passage Falls Trail is a wonderful day hike, especially in the summer. If you’d rather be the only one in sight, go on a weekday and get an early start.
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Passage Falls, Montana 59047, USA