Cascading waterfalls, eleven of them no less, and the subalpine Hyalite Basin. While walking 5.5 miles south and 1,800 feet up on the well-maintained trail, you pass eleven waterfalls cascading in a stair-step fashion out of a red-rocked mountain bowl. Although none is a large waterfall, each has its own unique character, as their names suggest: Grotto, Arch, Twin, Silken Skein, Champagne, Chasm, Shower, Devil’s Slide, Apex, S’il Vous Plait, and Alpine. Each waterfall lures you onward to see the next cascade. Time on the trail seems to pass quickly, and before you know it, you’re climbing out of the timber about 5 miles later into the wide bowl that holds Hyalite Lake. The Hyalite Lake Trail is justly popular with people in the Bozeman area, but most usage occurs at the lower end by day hikers who come for a short walk to see a couple of the waterfalls. By the time you reach the lake, you may have the surrounding country to yourself. The first 1.2 miles to Grotto Falls is a wheelchair-accessible trail. In some places, such as Grotto Falls, the trail doesn’t go directly to the waterfall. Instead, you take short spur trails to see them.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,000 ft|
|Duration||Day hike or overnight|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,000 ft|
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