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.
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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