Early July is the perfect time to check out the summer Hyalites, which are, of course, the most spectacular string of waterfalls in southwest Montana.
Up in Hyalite Canyon, behind Hyalite Reservoir, outside of Bozeman, Montana, you’ll want to hike the Hyalite Creek trail at least once in your life…You won’t forget it.
While hiking the trail, most everyone stops and views Grotto Falls. If you’re adventuresome, then you’ll want to continue hiking along the trail because there are even more spectacular water falls, further up the creek and canyon.
The next stop on the trail is Arch Falls. If you’re a good climber, then you may want to make the short climb down into the Arch Falls ravine to experience this falls first hand…To me, it’s like a Goonies movie set design.
The next falls up the trail is what I like to call Bathtub Falls…I call it this because I’ve never been able to find a Forrest Service name plate for this one; and, it looks like a huge circular bathtub or Jacuzzi.
Champagne Falls is next up the trail…At least it should be. I couldn’t find it on this particular trip; but, I know it’s there. I took this photo of it several years ago.
After gaining a little more elevation, you’ll come upon Shower Falls. I now know that early July is the perfect time to hit this trail because I’ve never noticed this falls before; and, it’s right next to the trail.
And, of course, the last of the falls on my list is appropriately named Apex Falls. I defy you to find a longer naturally occurring ‘slip-and-slide’ on the Montana map.
Get out there today and experience these summer Hyalites. Enjoy! :)