Palisade Falls

Palisade Falls, Bozeman: Address, Palisade Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Palisade Falls
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Christina B
Louisiana2,488 contributions
The hike/walk up was mostly on an incline although it was paved. I believe it was .07 of a mile each way. With my knees issues & having done 2 others that day prior didn’t help. Just take your time if you have any issues. Although it’s easy as far as footpath it’s more of a moderate hike. The last 100 feet or so is even more up. Then if you want to get closer to the falls there are rocks to maneuver around. I like a challenge 😆 Although once again there were 3 kids & a mother who just didn’t get that people would like photos without their kids in it. We hung back a good ways to give the kids time. After 10 mins I moved forward towards some bigger rocks to get closer & thinking she would get the hint. Nope. Finally I asked if she could just get them to move out of shot as I didn’t like to post photos with others kids in it. Her eyes about rolled out of her head. Between her bratty son on the side rocks doing stupid things & daughter around 10 literally standing in the middle of the fall just jumping up in the water & then the trying to climb up the side of the wet rocks in crocks. Older daughter was just there by the Falls. I finally got my photos & still had to try and cut them out. I know we all have hiked up & want to see it, that’s fine, but understand others have too & would like their own photos of JUST the Waterfalls.
Also it’s takes about 15 mins after you cross the beach/launch area & cross the bridge. They were doing road work & you had to detour. Looks like you are going no where & lots of camp sights,bbut don’t give up.. you are going In the right direction. You will eventually see the sign with directions.
Written August 9, 2020
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Mike S.
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The last few miles of a bumpy gravel road around Hyalite Reservoir are well worth enduring just to gain access to these absolutely beautiful falls. The paved trail starts at the dirt parking lot with nearby picnic tables. The trail grade is relatively mild and wheel chair/stroller accessible. The hike is short and accessible for the older crowd (me!) if you take it easy and don't rush. There are no benches for seating at the base of the falls, and it would be difficult to set up a portable chair. There is no level ground at the base except the bridge over the creek, which you should not block. There will be many visitors there, but not usually a crush. Dog friendly trail means always a couple of four legged friends around (which I really enjoy, but others may not). Unfortunately, the steep rock walls are inviting to young people to climb on, but they are very dangerous, and large loose rocks can easily tumble down these steep walls and onto people below.
Written May 11, 2021
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Jason R
Lincoln, NE73 contributions
Couples
From Bozeman, Waze says it will take nearly an hour to drive to the falls which is only about 20 miles away. The road winds beautifully through the Gallatin National Forest. The scenery is stunning. Once you arrive at the paved lot....you follow a very easy paved path. It is a moderate uphill walk (about .70 miles) to the falls. Absolutely beautiful. We passed couples of all ages, parents with toddlers in strollers, and lots of dog walkers. A great little hike.
Written July 3, 2020
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,765 contributions
The hike itself is short and fairly easy. The entire trail is paved and when we went on a Friday evening, there were no crowds at all. There are a number of parking spots at the trail head but getting to the Palisade Falls trail involves some travel through gravel roads - not the smoothest experience but the scenery on the road, closer to the falls is simply stunning! Lovely views of the Hyalite reservoir and the surrounding mountains make for plenty of spots for some stunning vistas! Because the entire trail is paved with asphalt, I assume that it is accessible using a wheelchair too. The walk up the trail from the base is around 0.7 miles and while it is pretty much inclined throughout that distance, it is doable even for an occasional hiker. While the falls are sure tall, I wouldn't call it grand. I confess that I enjoyed the drive to and from the falls than the actual falls itself! The paved trail ends a short distance from the base of the falls (with a full view of the falls, of course!). Once there, one can opt to stay there and take in the view or else, climb through some rocks to reach closer to the falling water.
Written June 26, 2021
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Frank47
Mays Landing, NJ16 contributions
A beautiful site. The hike up the hill was not as bad as I thought it would be except for last 200 ft. I mapped on "map my ride" app. It was 1.13 mile round trip with an elevation change of 186 ft. It took us about 35 minutes round trip with visit at the falls
Written June 27, 2020
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CornhuskerFan1
Giltner, NE74 contributions
Couples
There is construction on the road beyond the lake. Looked at some reviews and someone said they couldn’t find it. It sure why, just keep heading up and don’t go off on a trailhead road and you’ll end up at the falls. It’s a beautiful drive and a short hike up to the falls. It’s a a hard surface walkway and makes for an easy hike. Well worth the time to see it.
Written August 21, 2020
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mountainchick
Minneapolis448 contributions
We never made it out to see the falls. Once you go over the bridge at the reservoir it becomes a difficult, one vehicle wide, bumpy construction gravel trail. We were in a truck and encountered vehicles going the opposite way and needed to pull to the side into trees to get out of the way. There are signs and roundabouts with arrows pointing multiple ways but no way to tell which way the falls were. I didn’t want to end up in a worse situation trying to find the proper road so we took the roundabout and left. Very disappointed. Maybe once the construction is done it will be easier but now it’s not marked for where to go and stressful.
Written August 11, 2020
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fewarechosen
Nashville, TN42 contributions
Couples
Very well maintained paved trail. Our small dog and older parents had no problems. My 75 year old mother (couch potato) who has had a knee replacement did fine by walking slow and taking breaks when needed. The falls are beautiful and worth the hike.
Written June 16, 2022
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Aimee
4 contributions
There was a bit of snow on the ground... didn't matter. The air was clean and crisp! The drive was worth it... it was like Heaven opened up once we reached the Falls. Children playing everywhere! Good for the soul in 2020!
Written November 5, 2020
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Remya N
Bozeman, MT21 contributions
This is one of my favorite 'hiking' destination. The trail itself is entirely paved, so it is very accessible to everyone. It is a short hike and kid friendly. The road leading to the parking lot at the falls provides beautiful views of the Hyalite canyon. It is also a nice place to go huckleberry picking.
Written February 11, 2020
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