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Top 3 Hiking Trails Big Sky, Montana

Trailing Big Sky's Rugged Terrain.

Codeth Cameron
CodethContent Coordinator
Top 3 Hiking Trails Big Sky, Montana

Embark on a journey through nature's grandeur, with the rugged beauty of Big Sky, Montana where every step unveils panoramic vistas, diverse wildlife, and an invigorating escape into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It's mesmerizing to hike these trails whether in the warmer months or the colder ones. Here are a few of our top picks:

Ousel Falls

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  • Distance from Wander Big Sky Basin: 8.2 miles  

  • Location: Ousel Falls Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

This short, 1.6-mile hike is the perfect way to get used to the high elevation in the area and to prepare yourself for other hikes around town. The trail starts with a fork that can lead to so many adventures including ending up in the densely forested Yellow Mules trail, the South Fork overlook and even the base of the stunning waterfall that has a picnic area and pool. 


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Photo courtesy of Oziel Gómez

  • Distance from Wander Big Sky Basin: 7.3 miles  

  • Location: Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

After trekking Ousel Falls trailhead, a good follow up is Hummocks. There is slightly more elevation gain but with it being 3 miles round trip, you’re guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

Beehive Basin

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  • Distance from Wander Big Sky Basin:. 2.7 miles  

  • Location: Beehive Basin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

The most challenging of the three on this list is Beehive Basin. Though challenging, the 6.6-mile round trip hike is worth it with it ending in a beautiful basin with a mountain pond. Since this is a longer one, we suggest taking lunch or a nice snack to reward your hard work at the end of the hike.

Before heading out on any of these trails, make sure to always have bear spray, water, layers and a rain jacket since it can rain at any time in the summer and the winters are pretty cold. Though not all trails are long or difficult, you should take a nice snack with you to keep you sustained during the trek too.

If you ever need somewhere to stay in between your hikes, you can check out Wander Big Sky Basin. For more information on how to book or to ask any other question regarding a trip to the home, our 24/7 Wander Concierge is always ready to help. Just send them a message directly in the Wander app or via text at 737-377-3205. We can't wait to have you. Happy hiking!

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