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Sypes Canyon Trail is a great dog-friendly hike that slowly ascends a lush, shaded canyon – with a few short sections of rocky outcrops and sagebrush hillside. The trail isn’t too popular with mountain bikers, but they are allowed all days but Saturday (Sypes Trail is a time-share trail, as of 2017).

After about 2 miles, the trail tops out at ridge-top clearing that provides great views of Bozeman below. At that ridge you’ll encounter a trail junction. To the right is a short spur that leads to a higher vantage point. The views are better however if you take the trail to the left; after a few hundred feet you’ll be greeted by a log bench with fewer trees obscuring the views of the valley.

The Sypes Canyon Trail ultimately connects with the Bridger Foothills Trail that originates at the College M Trailhead and follows the Bridger Range, leading to the pass above Fairy Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Wildlife in the area is pretty limited, apart from squirrels and an occasional deer (mule and white-tailed) traveling to and from Sypes Creek. The botanical diversity in the canyon is another story however – especially during wildflower season in early-to-mid summer.

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“Edible, but can be sour. Not very prevalent in the area (you'll have to keep your eyes peeled).”
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“Also known as Streambank Globemallow.”
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“Also known as Bee Balm.”
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“Berries are edible. The leaves and branches have been traditionally used as a remedy of sorts for sores.”
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