On Saturday we went for a ski up Moose Creek in the Gallatin Canyon. It was nice to get out of the wind and see what was going on on the other side of the mountains.
From the book Ski Trails of Southwest Montana:
Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 665 feet
Maps: USGS Hidden Lake
Trail Report: This ski makes for a good, quick workout. It is easy to access and it a good place for a short ski on the way through the Gallatin Canyon.
Getting There: From Bozeman take Huffine Lane west 6 miles to Four Corners. Turn left (south) on Highway 191 and continue 25 miles to a large pullout on the left (east) at the signed Moose Creek Road.
Skiing: Begin skiing up the road, steadily climbing through spruce and pine forest. Moose Creek Road parallels the highway and the Gallatin River for the first .4 mile. The road then turns east, crosses Moose Creek and climbs up the south side of the creek.
The road continues uphill through forests and meadows. Snowmobilers and other skiers often cut the switchbacks making the ski a little steeper, but shorter. Eventually views across the valley into the Madison Range are gained. After 2.7 miles the road dead ends at Forest Service Road 6959. This is our turn around spot. Enjoy the easy, but quick ski back down to the vehicle.
I have some video clips I’ll get organized soon.