Hike Big Sky
Hike Big Sky

2019 Hike Big Sky Schedule

Join Big Sky Community Organization and Visit Big Sky on our Tuesday morning hiking series running from June 25 – August 27. The location changes each week to experience a new hike in the Big Sky area and features fun topics from identifying weeds and wildflowers, to bird watching, to a hike and paint, to learning about the history of Big Sky.

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Tuesday mornings at 10 am (except July 9th):

June 25: Weeds & Wildflowers

Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance will lead this informative hike to help tell the difference between native wildflowers and invasive species.  Meet at the Deer Creek Trailhead (about 4 miles north of Big Sky on Highway 191, turn at the “Green Bridge”) Hike will last 2 hours and proceed at “plant identification” pace.

July 2: Wildlife Awareness

Join us to learn how to practice wildlife safety, and to search for clues for animals on the trail. We will hike the Uplands Trail, a 2-mile moderate loop featuring steady climbing through open fields and forest canopies, offering expansive views of Big Sky. Meet at Uplands/Hummocks trailhead parking area.

July 9: Birding 101

Bring your binoculars! Sacajawea Audubon will lead a bird watching on an easy one-mile forested loop.  Meet at South Fork Loop Trailhead at 9 AM to increase our chances of spotting birds. No dogs, please.

July 16: History Hike

Take an easy hike along Crail Ranch Trail (3 miles round trip) to compare current views with landscape views through Historic Crail Ranch Museum’s photo archives. Examine fencing from homesteading pastureland days and learn the stories they tell. Meet at the Crail Ranch.

July 23: Walk this Way

A coach from from Lone Peak Performance will guide this hike along Little Willow Way and Black Diamond Trail, teaching proper body mechanics to avoid injury and help you hike longer. Meet in the Big Sky Community Park parking lot near the softball fields.

July 30: Hike & Paint

Meet at the Hummocks/Uplands Trailhead, and take a short hike to the Simkins Overlook where Big Sky artist Heather Rapp will lead an on-the-trail painting party. Space is limited.  ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED!

August 6: Photography at the Ranch

Meet at the fire pit on the lawn at Lone Mountain Ranch, where a naturalist will lead a hike through the property providing instruction on how to get the nature shot you’re aiming for.

August 13:  Ousel Falls

Gallatin River Task Force will lead this 1.6 mile out and back hike to focusing on water quality and how to be a steward of the Gallatin River watershed. Meet at Ousel Falls Trailhead.

August 20:  TBD

August 27: Beehive Basin

Join BSCO staff on this 6.6 mile round-trip hike to beautiful Beehive Basin. This popular hike has 1,500 feet elevation gain and features majestic peaks, an alpine lake, rocky outcrops, and open meadows.  Pack your lunch, and plan to spend about 4 hours on the trail. Meet at the Upper Beehive Basin trailhead.

Trail Partner Program

A Trail Partner is someone like YOU who loves the trails of Big Sky and wants to help keep our community trails maintained and accessible for all ages and abilities year-round. Whether you hike, bike, or walk your dog, you can get involved and make a difference. A $60 donation makes you a Trail Partner for the entire year and includes a hat custom-designed for BSCO from Sauce in Bozeman. Find out more at