Drinking Horse Mountain

based on 54 tracks & routes #1 hike out of 1 in
2.3 mi
Distance
1 hrs 9 min
Time
terrain
635 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a easy loop trail to Drinking Horse Mountain in USFS. It's close to town and there's often more than a few cars in the lot, yet Drinking Horse is generally less crowded, and a more well rounded hike, than "The M", its sister hike across the street. Plus, there's a beautiful bridge near the beginning of the hike.

Getting Started

Take the turn off from Bridger Canyon Dr before the road dips down, the gravel parking lot is about 40 feet in elevation below the road. From the parking lot, there's a sign marking the start of the hike. Take this single track for approximately .25 miles and you'll find yourself at the Drinking Horse arch.

Beginning to the left once you hit the loop will save the great view for the top and allow for a gentler grade on the descent.

Taking Children

The uphill at the beginning is mildly steep but less than 0.8 miles. Beware of icy switchbacks in the winter months.


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rjhohne 3 years, 12 months ago
Drinking Horse Mountain Trail v2
Drinking Horse Mountain trail is a great little hike to take before a yummy breakfast in one of Bozeman's great local restaurants or maybe coffee with friends. The trailhead is just a few miles northeast of Bozeman, MT, on Rouse Ave (Which turns into Bridger Canyon Drive/MT 86). It's across the highway from the very popular "M" trail, and shares some space with the USF&W fish tech center. (On the way back to the car you can drop down along Bridger Creek and checkout the huge rainbow trout in the hatchery pond). Leaving the trailhead, the path in is lined with abundant chokecherries and you pass an aspen grove with sweet-singing Yellow Warblers. Kids like this trail but mostly the trail is used by hiking and running women of all ages. I'm an old retired guy but I'm convinced that Montana women will outlive us all and rule the world--they walk, hike, run and bike in numbers that far outnumber men.
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mcneillsnow 3 years, 12 months ago
Drinking Horse Mountain Trail v2
Drinking Horse Mountain trail is a great little hike to take before a yummy breakfast in one of Bozeman's great local restaurants or maybe coffee with friends. The trailhead is just a few miles northeast of Bozeman, MT, on Rouse Ave (Which turns into Bridger Canyon Drive/MT 86). It's across the highway from the very popular "M" trail, and shares some space with the USF&W fish tech center. (On the way back to the car you can drop down along Bridger Creek and checkout the huge rainbow trout in the hatchery pond). Leaving the trailhead, the path in is lined with abundant chokecherries and you pass an aspen grove with sweet-singing Yellow Warblers. Kids like this trail but mostly the trail is used by hiking and running women of all ages. I'm an old retired guy but I'm convinced that Montana women will outlive us all and rule the world--they walk, hike, run and bike in numbers that far outnumber men.