Trail Finder: Peet's Hill, Burke Park, Bozeman, Mont.

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Our friends at REI in Bozeman, Montana (our hometown) know their trails inside and out. They recommend Burke Park (known by locals as Peet's Hill) for a classic mountains-to-mainstreet urban hike. And while you’re in the area, stop by! Cover image courtesy High Country News.

Shop Name: REI Bozeman

Phone: (406) 587-1938

Address: 2220 Tschache Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718

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One of Bozeman's greatest assets! Photo: City of Bozeman


Trail Name: Peet's Hill (Burke Park)

Trailhead: Main parking area is at S. Church Ave./ Story St. Other trailheads are at the Bozeman Library and Josephine Dr.

Trail type: Out-and-back

Distance: 1 – 2 miles with option to connect with other trails in the Main Street to the Mountains network

Duration: 10 to 60 minutes

Trail Description: Bozeman’s most cherished urban trail is perfect for a quick walk to the top to catch the sunset or a longer stroll to take in the wildflowers and stunning views of Hyalite and the Spanish Peaks. This 41-acre park is a popular leash-free area for dogs. It’s great for users of all stripes; Runners, walkers, and mountain bikers enjoy the easy accessibility from town, nicely maintained trails, and multiple options for an out-and-back or to connect with other Bozeman trails for a longer outing.

Recommended Oboz: Sapphire Mid Waterproof and Juniper Mid Waterproof

Best time to Go: Summer and fall. Spring can be muddy, watch for ice (and sledders) in winter

What to Pack: A camera and willingness to slow down and take in the view. Bring your dog if you have one and let it romp!

Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Gentle uphill grade to the south after somewhat steep climb from parking lot.

Highlights: Close to downtown, gorgeous views, great for dog-lovers, killer view of the Bridgers and Bozeman (especially at sunset!) There’s something for everyone on Peet's Hill.

Refuel: The award-winning Montana Ale Works, located in a refurbished railroad freight house and featuring great food and one of Bozeman’s largest beer selections, is just a few blocks north on Main Street. The Lockhorn Cider House is another great choice and only a 5-minute walk away on Wallace Street.

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