Backpacker Magazine Bozeman: Emerald Lake 

Pass a handful of big canyon waterfalls on your way up to an alpine lake with jaw-dropping views on this 9.4-mile out-and-back in Gallatin National Forest.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 28 Mar 2006 4:09:14 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 4.74 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2355 ft
Total Loss: 596 ft
Net Change: 1759 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway, Hiking, Montana, out-and-back, Waterfall Hikes
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Head S on 19th Ave. (becomes S 19th Rd.); L onto Hyalite Canyon Rd. In 11.7 mi., L @ fork for 2.1 mi. past Palisade trailhead to parking lot at end of road.

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Distance: 4.74 mi Points: 890
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Emerald lake

Points of Interest


Location: 45.459061, -110.921097
Go S on multiuse trail from parking lot


Location: 45.455410, -110.915604
Continue through aspen and mixed conifers in steep, craggy hillsides before crossing East Fork Hyalite Creek


Location: 45.447590, -110.911003
Proceed straight on gentle incline; Emerald Lake sits at the head of the East Fork Hyalite in the Gallatin Mountains, an area known for its many waterfalls and superb winter ice-climbing


Location: 45.442039, -110.909302
Pass the long, braided flows of Horsetail Falls on W wall


Location: 45.432400, -110.911301
E wall begins closing in; break for views down valley


Location: 45.422031, -110.918297
Steep switchbacks up loose trail to an unnamed set of falls plunging alongside trail; continue S


Location: 45.417751, -110.921799
Trail leads into open meadow with Flanders Mtn. and The Mummy looming across the canyon. Cross narrow bridge, staying on Emerald Lake Trail


Location: 45.416489, -110.924301
The wildflower-sprinkled valley transitions into a U-shaped cirque of near-vertical, often windy cliffs


Location: 45.414669, -110.927696
Emerald Lake: See the weathered N face of Mt. Chisholm from the shore of this wild blue gem. Overnight camping allowed


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