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Sypes Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A popular afternoon run near Bozeman.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

78%

Runnable

6,811' 2,076 m

High

5,244' 1,599 m

Low

1,599' 488 m

Up

1,599' 487 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Sypes Canyon can be either a 4 mile out-and-back run (there's a great overlook of the entire Gallatin Valley 2.0 miles in) or a 6.4 mile out-and-back if you go all the way to the Bridger Foothills Trail (which is a great option for extending your run). This makes for a great spring or early summer run as Sypes Creek is usually flowing until mid-summer. Because it's a popular route, it stays pretty packed out through the winter as well.

Description

The Sypes Canyon Trail is a good one for getting your heart rate up. It starts out for a short period of time flat and straight but quickly begins switchbacking as it heads towards joining the Bridger Foothills Trail. This trail can be an out and back, or can be joined for a loop with Truman Gulch, The College M Trail, or Middle Cottonwood.

From the trailhead make your way up the path gaining elevation gently. Once you're warmed-up, prepare for the real workout and the switchbacks begin. Things mellow out slightly as you gain one of the shoulders coming off the Bridger Ridge, but things don't get much easier. Continue climbing either until you reach an obvious promontory overlooking Bozeman or continue to the top where the trail joins the Bridger Foothills Trail.

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  4.3 from 17 votes

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20 minutes into the Sypes Canyon trail
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
Summit of Sypes Canyon trail.
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
View of Bozeman
Jul 22, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
Misty trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Trail marker at the Crossroads
May 15, 2019 near Bozeman, MT

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May 29, 2021
Hunter Goldsmidt
Good start. Fun trail. Want to take it to the ridge 6.5mi — 2h 00m
Aug 15, 2020
Steve Wagner
Jan 25, 2020
Rachel Guyer
Icy 6mi — 1h 30m
May 23, 2019
royrogersmcfreely
good run 4.1mi
Apr 17, 2019
royrogersmcfreely
pretty slushy on 80 percent of the trail. 5.4mi — 1h 29m