In Our Community: Hike to Palisade Falls
Denise, one of our agents, continues to give us her incredible reviews of different hikes around the Bozeman area. Check out the views and read her comments below!
“This easy, paved (yes, paved) trail is 1.1 miles from parking area to a fabulous reward – a seriously tall waterfall. The elevation gain is an easy 239 feet. This hike is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs, and only the very last section has any real slope to it. Dogs are allowed on leash (and this is one hike you usually see people keep their dogs on leash). There is a bathroom at the base of the trail. The drive up to Palisade is a wonderful gift in itself as you have the fast moving Hyalite Creek the entire way and you drive around the very beautiful Hyalite Reservoir. There are picnic tables at the parking lot of Palisade.
Getting there: From Main St. and 19th take 19th south 7 miles and turn left on Hyalite Canyon Road. Continue 11.7 miles, around Hyalite reservoir, and the road will become dirt. Follow it until you get to the fork and go left for 1 mile – you will see the sign for Palisade. About a 45 min. drive from Main and 19th and totally worth it. In the winter the gate at the fork may be closed which will add an extra 1 mile to the hike.
I frequently combine this hike for those visitors in a little better shape with Grotto Falls, which you pass on the way to Palisade (coming back from Palisade take the first left fork in the road. There is a big directional sign there, but for some reason Grotto is not listed – but someone has added it to the sign in sharpie).”