Trails may be open to mountain bikes and horses. No bikes are allowed on Saturdays. Check with the Gallatin National Forest Offices or refer to the signage at the trail head.
GPS Coordinates: Trailhead—N 45 44.700, W 111 00.467; Overlook—N 45 44.391 W 110 59.354
Rating: Moderate with several steep climbs up a well maintained trail
Trail Length: 4 miles Round Trip
Location: Bridger Range North of Bozeman
Elevation: 5217 Feet at Trailhead to 6280 Feet at Overlook
Elevation Gain: 1063 feet
Bloom Season: June to Late September
Peak Bloom: Late June to Early August
Maps: U.S.G.S. Bozeman and Kelly Creek, U.S.F.S. Gallatin National Forest: West Half or East Half
5-30-09 Most of the early flowers are blooming with an especially nice display of Canada violets, rock clematis, larkspur, and calypso orchids. The beautiful calypso orchids are at their peak. Nearly 50 other flowers were logged on this date. Spring beauties, glacier lilies, and shooting stars are about over except near the top of the trail.
6-5-11 Flowers are a couple of weeks late due to heavy snows and cold weather. Today was 82° and clear with lots of bikes, people with dogs, and joggers. Most of the early flowers are blooming with glacier lilies being the flower of the day. Other flowers near peak bloom included Canada violets, arnica, ballhead waterleaf, wartberry fairy-bells. Yellow draba spp. flowers were very showy in the steep rock crevices on the left of the trail. Flowers that were between 40 and 80% peak included larkspur, mountain bluebells, and arrowleaf balsamroot. Spring beauties, yellowbells, shooting stars, Coos, Wyoming kittentails, biscuitroot, and pasqueflowers were still blooming on top of the ridge. Larkspur, calypso orchids, sugarbowls, and rock clematis were just starting to bloom. A few chocolate lily buds were found on their long stems in the woods. Other flowers found here and there include blue-eyed Mary, narrow-leaved collomia, fern-leaved lovage, and strawberry.
Flowers are generally two weeks earlier than last year. Most of the early flowers are blooming with glacier lilies, Oregon grape, rock clematis, wartberry fairy-bells, and Canada violets being the showiest flowers of the day. Surprisingly, the calypso orchids are blooming and should peak in a week or two. There is a nice showing of yellow draba spp. at the summit of the first climb to the rock face. Where the trail splits, we took the left (N) trail and found many of the early spring flowers still blooming (pasqueflowers, yellowbells, spring beauties, and shooting stars). Serviceberry is also in bloom. Other flowers seen include false Solomon seal, ballhead waterleaf, spring beauty, Coos biscuitroot, mountain bluebells, buttercups, twinflower (Utah) honeysuckle, Hood’s phlox, miner’s lettuce, arnica, fern-leaved lovage, chokecherry, arrowleaf balsamroot, alpine stars, field chickweed, long leaf phlox, nine-leaf parley, lemonweed, collomia, threadleaf phacelia, larkspur, and Nuttal’s violet.
6-5-14: 75° and clear skies at 2:00 pm. Beautiful day to hike Sypes Canyon. We only had a couple of hours so we hiked to the rock outcrop where the trail starts downhill. It was a stellar day for Canada violets, wild hyacinth (brodia), star-flowered Solomon seal, many-flowered stickseed, silverleaf phacelia, arrowleaf balsamroot, heartleaf arnica, low larkspur, mountain bluebells, yarrow, and fernleaved lovage. The mountain ash and chokecherry bushes were in full bloom; the scent of chokecherries permeated the air along the trail. Other flowers noted included: baneberry, field chickweed, poker heuchera (alumroot), threadleaf phacelia, fuzzytongue penstamon, lance-leaved stonecrop, springbeauty, lupine, woodland star, and Western gromwell (puccoon).