One of the best ways to enjoy the summer months in the Gallatin Valley is hiking. Outdoor recreational is one of the main staples of the Bozeman area.

With so many options for hiking destinations, the task of selecting a place to hike can be rather daunting. When I first moved to Bozeman a couple years ago, one of the first things I purchased upon arrival was a book titled, Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana by Robert Stone.

Robert Stone

The book is your go-to guide if you plan on hitting the trails this summer. Here's a brief description of the book:

"Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana has won awards from both the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers. Now in its fourth edition, the book includes 110 of the best day hikes in a straight-forward, hassle-free guide aimed to get you on the trails. These hikes explore the mountain ranges and valleys that converge around Bozeman, including the Bridgers, Gallatin Canyon, the Spanish Peaks, the Gallatin Range, and Paradise Valley. Many trails are located with the city itself, which boasts a thriving community trail system and an active liberal-arts college. The Gallatin National Forest, part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem that stretches to Bozeman, spreads across 1.8-million acres and six mountain ranges around the city. Trail highlights include waterfalls, alpine lakes, sweeping overlooks, valleys surrounded by craggy peaks, petrified forests, historic sites, and the soothing sound of creeks tumbling through forested canyons."

If you want to get out and enjoy all that the Gallatin Valley has to offer, I highly recommend you grab a copy of Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana. You can purchase a copy at local bookstores in the Bozeman area, or online here.

Also, make sure to log your miles this summer help raise money for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. For more information, click here.