Yesterday I was feeling uninspired so I drove around until I came to Sypes Canyon Trail and decided to give the hike a go!
Where: Sypes Canyon Trail, Bozeman, Montana
When: January 2018
Trail Distance: 6.2 miles
First let's start with directions. You can Google Maps it HERE. Or use the handy map below ;)
There is parking at the trail head but only about 6 spaces. There is additional parking along the road before the trail head - overflow parking. The community has posted signs on where to park just in case.
The hike is probably described at moderate, at least in the winter. I was able to wear only snow boots on the trail but there were many people with spiked shoes and ski poles. Someone told me the trail can get icy. It does gain elevation quickly (a total of 1620 feet), which is why I would call it moderate. The trail winds in and out of the sun and shade so I would recommend layering clothes. A lot of dogs are on the trail, and most of them off lease, so keep that in mind.
In the summer, the trail is great for biking, hiking, or running - keeping in mind to be courteous to your fellow outdoors-man!
There is a gorgeous lookout about 2 miles in, with a tiny tree growing out of the side of the hill. There is a creek the runs down the valley, along the trail, but it is seasonally and is reported to dry up around July.
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The trail continues up a long ridge and intersects with the Bridger Foothills Trail, providing further hiking, running, or biking options. From the intersection you can go right to continue on to Mount Baldy, the prominent 8,914-foot summit visible from Bozeman. I have never done this hike but it's on the list for this summer!