Drinking Horse Mountain Trail

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Trail Distance: 2.4 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min +
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Is your courageous canine looking to move mountains with you while out for some tail-wagging walkies? Well, there's no bones about it -- it would be hard to find a better place to start than the Drinking Horse Mountain Trail! This trail is considered a welcome change from the more widely known M and Foothills trails in the area, which can become very crowded on hot days. 

The Drinking Horse Mountain Trail is also immensely pawpular, but its wide track and expansive route mean that it never feels congested. You and your darling dog can explore this picture-perfect place at your own pace and still feel like you're on your own active adventure! There are two information kiosks located along the track which have maps and provide etiquette guidelines for respectful hikers. You will also come to a signed junction that provides information regarding the easier and more difficult routes to follow to the summit. You can rest assured that you won't be starting this trail off on the wrong foot! 

When you follow the path out of the trailhead, you will walk through a whimsical wooded area for a short while before coming to a breathtaking bridge, and this splendid sight signifies the start of the unforgettable frolic that awaits you both. Here, your pooch can enjoy a dip or a sip of the crystal-clear waters. As you climb this magnificent mountain that is laced with colorful wildflowers, you will be in awe of the amazing views that get better with every step. There are eight memorial benches along this remarkable route, as well as picnic tables, so you can "paws" to admire the sights whenever you please. 

This pupperific path is pawfect for pups as it also has two doggy sanitation stations that can be used by any furry friend on their hike! When you reach the summit, you'll know the climb was worth it when you see Bridger Canyon, Gallatin Valley, and all of the surrounding mountain ranges in a mind-blowing 360-degree view. It just doesn't get better than this! 

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, River, Diverse Landscape, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail can become quite muddy during wet seasons like spring, and the route can be slippy and slick after rain, so wear appropriate footwear and exercise caution. The slow ascent can be difficult to handle under the scorching summer sun due to the lack of shade, and you are encouraged to take things at your own pace and pack plenty of water for your walk. Parking spaces and restrooms are available at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, where you will also find the trailhead.
Address
4050 Bridger Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59715
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Address
4050 Bridger Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59715
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
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