My First Trail Runs in Bozeman, Montana

Just last week I signed up for my second marathon! I ran my first 26 in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2015, and I’ve been wanting to do another one ever since. So with a deep breath in, and a long exhale, I clicked that button to register for Missoula Marathon this July 9th! 

 
Running around the neighborhood parks in Bozeman.

Running around the neighborhood parks in Bozeman.

 

As the snow has now melted (mostly) and as the weather warms I’m taking this training opportunity to explore the trails in the Bozeman area. So far I’ve run two trails and both were fun and beautiful and I’m excited to check out more!


Sypes Canyon Trail

My friend/training partner on the Sypes Canyon Trail, overlooking Bozeman.

My friend/training partner on the Sypes Canyon Trail, overlooking Bozeman.

This trail is located on the west side of the Bridger Mountain range, just north of Bozeman. It’s a popular single track trail along Sypes Creek that is used by hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. I did this run at the start of April and even with the light snow this year there was still a lot of snow on the trail. My favorite part of this run was running on the ridge and seeing the wide view of Bozeman and the Gallatin Mountains. Second favorite part: the downhill run!  Some people like to connect this trail to the “M” trail that goes down to another parking lot. I might try out this combo later in the season!

Another picture of my model friend!

Another picture of my model friend!

Round Trip Distance: 6.4 miles (10.3 km)
Parking Waypoint: N45.74526 W111.00796
Elevation gain: 1600 feet (488 m)
Opportunity for sweet pics: high, I'm bringing my better camera next time!


Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Trail

I set my phone on a few rocks to get this shot!

I set my phone on a few rocks to get this shot!

This trail is located south of Bozeman and is probably one of the most popular trails with the locals. I was out on a weekday morning and I saw walkers, mountain bikers, and families will strollers and dogs. The trail is a dirt road that gently gains elevation as it follows Bozeman Creek. I ran 4 miles out took some pictures, and thoroughly enjoyed the mostly downhill return. At some point I do want to run (or maybe just hike) the 9 miles out to Mystic Lake. From the lake it’s also possible to continue another 5.5 miles on the New World Gulch Trail to end at another parking lot.

Quick snap from my iPhone

Quick snap from my iPhone

Round Trip Distance: 10 miles (16 km) to the “5-mile bridge” and back, 18 miles (29 m) if you go to the lake and back.
Parking Waypoint: N45.59210 W111.02541
Elevation Gain: 800 ft (244 m) to the bridge
Opportunity for sweet pics: good

These are just my first two trail run and I plan to share more as my training progresses! 

Happy adventuring!