Bear Canyon Trail
The Bear Canyon trail (#440) follows Bear Creek up a shady canyon and climbs gradually eventually to the Bear Lakes.
Multiple day hiking or longer trail options/loops are available. Motorized or non-motorized activities are available in the area.
Refer to Forest map and Motor Vehicle Use Map for seasonal designated dates.
Beyond the turnaround for this hike, the trail climbs to the Bear Lakes (Trail #440/441) at 6,900 feet or the Chestnut Mountain trail (#458).
New World Mine Trail (#438/50) is another option heading to Mystic Lake.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||April 1 - July 16 Foot Traffic only. Seasonal restriction on mountain bike and stock use during spring melt conditions|
|Open Season:||Year Long - slippery and icy in winter|
|Best Season:||April - November|
|Busiest Season:||April - November|
|Closest Towns:||Bozeman, MT|
|Water:||No Water Available|
From Bozeman, take I-90 east and take the Bear Canyon exit, the first exit east of Bozeman. Turn right on Bozeman Trail Road and continue .02 miles to Bear Canyon Road. Turn left and drive 3.6 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left at the end of the road.
Additional parking is about .2 miles back down the road on the right.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
OHV Trail Riding
Alerts & Warnings
- Closures on Sourdough Canyon and Leverich Canyon Trails Begin Nov.16th
- Pryor Caves Seasonal Area Closure
- Beartooth Ranger District Road and Trail Closures 01-11-82-23-05
- East Rosebud Road 2177 and East Rosebud Trail 15_Closure 01-11-82-23-03
- 01-11-04-23-03 Yellowstone Ranger District Camping Area Closure
- Road 478 Closure (South Fork Madison Road) 01-11-07-23-01
- Woody Creek Road Closure
- Hyalite Target Shooting Closure
- Road #3089, Closure, Sioux Ranger District
- McConnell Fishing Access and Beattie Gulch Area Shooting Closures
- Hyalite Drainage Proposed Permanent Recreational Target Shooting Restriction