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History Rock Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,441' 439 m
Descent: -1,331' -406 m
High: 7,938' 2,420 m
Low: 6,498' 1,981 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

Make a great visit to the high country.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Yield to horses and watch for mountain bikers.

Runner Notes

It's a good flat trail but can be a little awkward with the U-shaped profile created by the horses.

Description

From the parking lot, runners cross into open alpine fields before continuing into the forest. Heading uphill after about a mile, you'll soon arrive at a large sandstone boulder: History Rock. Continue onto some switchbacks that lead to another alpine field with a big view and glimpses of Hyalite Reservoir below.

From here, the trail continues more comfortably uphill through larger spruce and pine. After a little over three miles, you'll hit another alpine field and the trail begins to head downhill, slowly at first, and then more aggressively.

You'll soon be following Fox Creek through a thick forest. The trail crosses the creek a couple of times as you go downhill. Eventually, the trail flattens out as you get down and across Cottonwood Creek and unite with Cottonwood Creek Trail #422.

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The trail winds its way up the hill.
Aug 13, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
As you get closer to the top, the trees get larger and older.
Aug 13, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
History Rock is the graffitti-strewn sandstone monolith that gives the trail its name.
Aug 13, 2017 near Bozeman, MT

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