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
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: April - November
Busiest Season: April - November
Closest Towns: Bozeman, MT
Water: No Water Available
Restroom: No Restrooms

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

OHV Trail Riding