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Bridger Foothills

Popular foothills trail that connects to Bozeman community trails. Offers many scenic overlook in roughed backcountry setting.

photo: Tobacco Root Mountains. Photo by USFS.

Length: 20.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: West Bridger Mountain Range, no. of Bozeman, MT
State(s): Montana
Counties: Gallatin
Longitude: -110.97745
Latitude: 45.70976

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This National Recreation Trail traverses nearly the entire length of the Bridger Mountain Range and offers hikers long views of the Gallatin Valley, The Tobacco Root Mountains, the Madison Range, the Gallatin Range, and the towns of Bozeman and Belgrade.

The Foothills Trail is not for the faint of heart nor for a hiker fearing massive elevation gain and loss. The trail follows the myriad of coulees that make up the west side of the Bridger Mountains and the trail goes up and down into each and every single one of them. The trail dips into a little draw only to immediately take you back up and out of it giving you a glimpse just a bit farther down valley.

The long traversing nature of the trail means that it crosses many other trails and most hikers will find its primary use is to simply connect two of these together. A popular mountain bike route is to connect the Sypes Canyon Trail with the College M Trail via the Foothills Trail. Other options are Corbly Gulch and Middle Cottonwood as well.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 15%
Maximum Grade: 40%
Elevation Low Point: 5,000
Elevation High Point: 7,500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Jonathan Kempff
Gallatin National Forest
10 East Babcock
Bozeman , MT 59715
(406) 587-6732

Trail management:
Brian McNeil
US Forest Service
3710 Fallon St., Suite C
Bozeman , MT 59718
(406) 522-2520



Tobacco Root Mountains. Photo by USFS.

Tobacco Root Mountains. Photo by USFS.


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