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Drinking Horse Mountain

Big Sky + Gallatin River Valley, Montana

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  • Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge over Bridger Creek.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • View of Bozeman's famous "M" from the Drinking Horse Trail.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • Mount Ellis is prominent in the southeastern view.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • Looking east on Bridger Canyon Drive to Green Mountain.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • The beautiful Bridger foothills.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • View of Bozeman.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • Hiking the Drinking Horse Trail.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • Grass slopes on Drinking Horse.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • See the Tobacco Root Mountains in the far distance.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • The Drinking Horse Trail.- Drinking Horse Mountain
  • Drinking Horse is a National Recreation Trail.- Drinking Horse Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy climb with great views.
Cons: 
Very popular.
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Region:
Big Sky + Gallatin River Valley, MT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,907.00 ft (1,495.65 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Across the road from Bozeman’s famous “M” lies the popular Drinking Horse Trail. The idea for this trail was first conceived after a 40-acre land donation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2001. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service then partnered with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust to establish a trail to the top of Drinking Horse Mountain.

The trail winds south from the trailhead into a rich riparian habitat. Cross Bridger Creek on the locally designed (and funded) Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge. At the trail junction, choose the easy or hard way up; either route has a beautiful view of the Gallatin Valley below. Come to a wide open meadow at the top of Drinking Horse Mountain and enjoy the 360-degree views! On a clear day, see the Gallatin Range and its stunning Spanish Peaks and the Tobacco Root Mountains in the distance.

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