This Underrated Waterfall Hike In Montana Is A True Hidden Gem
Montana’s waterfalls are legendary, and some of them, like
Palisade Falls, are hiding in plain sight. But with over 120 named waterfalls in the state, it’s easy to see how some might remain under the radar. If you’re ever in the Livingston area and you’re in the mood for a little adventure, check out the Pine Creek Falls trail.
The Pine Creek Falls trail is a nice 2.5-mile hike that begins near the Pine Creek Campground.
To reach the trailhead from Livingston, drive five miles south on Highway 89 and take a left on East River Road. Next, drive about nine miles and turn left on Luccock Park Road. The campground is about two miles up the road, which is where you'll see the signs for the trail.
The hike starts off practically flat on a well-marked path.
There's only a slight uphill climb, which is why the trail is ranked as moderately difficult.
Eventually, you'll cross Pine Creek on a nice, wide bridge...
...and when you do, make sure to slow down and take in the views.
Aside from the waterfall, this is one of the prettiest parts of the hike.
The next bridge you'll find - if you can even call it that - is a bit more intimidating.
Despite the way it looks, it's quite sturdy, so go ahead and cross the creek again.
Before you know it, you'll reach Pine Creek Falls.
The waterfall is stunning in any season, but summer is definitely the easiest time to reach it.
Standing beneath the falls, you'll notice the effects of erosion over time.
It's impressive from any (and every) angle.
This is an out-and-back hike, so you'll enjoy a nice downhill slant on your way out.
This is a great hike for families with children and dogs, although you'll want to make sure your pups are leashed.
Pine Creek Campground Address: 266 Luccock Park Road, Livingston, MT 59047
The Pine Creek Falls trail is a nice, easy day hike. For a lengthier adventure, check out our
waterfalls road trip.
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