Waterfall Hikes in the Big Sky
By Krawdaddy Jones

Posted: July 15, 2022

Montana is full of so many beautiful outdoor spectacles. You can hike to the peak of a mountain, you can swim in the lakes of the valleys! You can even find treasures during your hikes, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve gotta! One way to motivate you and your buddies to get out into the great outdoors is to take a hike that has little waterfall gems along the way. This is why I, Krawdaddy, have decided to put together a list of some great waterfalls to check out while you’re hiking around the Big Sky. 


Saint Mary Falls – Browning, MT

For gorgeous blue waters, and just a short hike, Saint Mary Falls has got you covered. With small and large falls along the way, this waterfall endeavor is perfect for the beginner. This area in general is a hot spot, as it’s just a short hike to Virginia Falls! Parking can be tough at the trailhead, so keep that in mind upon arrival. According to reviews, the hike is incredibly picturesque, and relatively easy! 


Grotto Falls – Big Sky, MT

For another easy hike with big payoff, Grotto is your spot. Not far from Bozeman, this beautiful hike has plenty of photo ops as well, and is perfect for a casual climb and dip! Even in the winter snow, the frozen falls will wow you with its nature and majesty. Total it’s only about 2.5 miles, and most reviews rave about the simplicity of the hike combined with its beauty. 


Crow Creek Falls – Elkhorn, MT

If you’re looking for a little more challenge, Crow Creek is the hike for you. Slightly more intermediate, the payoff to a tough hike is gorgeous views and runs alongside a creek. This gives you an ultimate waterfall to indulge in at the end of your hike. It’s about 3 miles to the falls, and the road getting there can be bumpy. Make sure your tires are equipped and you’ve got enough drinking water on you! 


Redrock Falls – St. Mary

Now, back to the easier hikes. This hike is, according to reviewers, not too steep and not too long. The fall is smaller, but with a mild elevation change along the course of the hike, this makes sense. It can be a bit confusing to get to, as it’s a branch off of the Swiftcurrent trails. There’s plenty of wildlife to behold on this trail! One reviewer even sighting a moose! Be aware of when you’re going, though, because the falls can be raging in the spring with the melt. 


Apikuni Falls – St. Mary

This gorgeous hike is about 1 mile, so very mild for the beginning or leisure hiker. The elevation increases more than that of the Redrock, but it’s still approachable. Apikuni falls is gorgeous and tall, and well worth the hike to the top. Apikuni means “Far Off the White Robe,” in the Blackfoot language, and was given in the 1800s! 


These are just a few of the many and plenty GORGEOUS hikes to waterfalls in Montana. If you’d like to learn more, check out this All Trails article. They’ve highlighted some different ones than I have, and they’re all spectacular. Remember to be well prepared for the weather and the hike, you can check out my last article on Hiking in MT for Beginners, and I’ll see you out on the trail! Until next time, I’ve been Krawdaddy. Enjoy the Montana Outdoors! *waterfalls pictured are not the waterfalls listed*

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