Dirt roads can be fun to walk. They hare a bit smoother and tend to be less intense grades than trails.

The Virtual Treadmill Walk

Hyalite Reservoir Road Walk – Virtual Tour Treadmill Walking Video – 4K – City Walks

Gate across forest service road in Hyalite Canyon
Lots of roads and trails lead out of Hyalite Canyon

In today’s Montana virtual nature hike we return to Hyalite Canyon and Reservoir in late summer to hike the road around the northern side of the Hyalite reservoir. It’s a peaceful and quiet walk through the forest near the water with a gorgeous view up the lake at the end. I hope you enjoy this walk. My battery died right at the end which is why there’s a sudden ending. -H

Hyalite Canyon is part of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The canyon is the most heavily visited Forest Service area in the state of Montana. It offers a wide variety of activities for outdoor recreational users. The reservoir and watershed are also an important water source for nearby Bozeman. About 80% of Bozeman’s municipal water supply comes from Hyalite Canyon and the adjacent Bozeman Creek watershed.

Hyalite Creek running through forest on our virtual walking tour
Hyalite creek running through the forest on our virtual walking tour

Despite the high level of visitor use, Hyalite is also a wild place. The Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (WSA) stretches from the upper reaches of Hyalite Canyon to Yellowstone National Park. It serves as an important corridor for wildlife.

Hyalite provides habitat to many species, from big critters like elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and grizzly bears, but also for small ones such as pikas, weasels, and marten. The forest and waters also provide homes and food for a myriad of birds.

Hyalite Reservoir on smoky day
We walk along the north side of the reservoir on our walking tour.

Other Hyalite walks

Hyalite Canyon Loop Trail
Hyalite Reservoir Trail – Nature Hiking Trail
Snowy Hyalite Nature Walk – Virtual Treadmill
Hyalite Lake Side Virtual Nature Walk
Virtual Hiking Trail Grotto Falls, MT
Palisades Falls Snowy Virtual Nature Walk


Hyalite wikipedia:

Hyalite Reservoir is a reservoir located in southwest Montana, formed by Middle Creek Dam on Hyalite Creek. The lake is situated in Hyalite Canyon at an elevation of 6,699 ft (2,042 m), about 12 miles (19 km) south of Bozeman, Montana and 25 miles (40 km) north of Yellowstone National Park. It was originally built in the 1940s and was expanded to its current size in 1993. Originally known as Middle Creek Reservoir, the name was changed in the late 1960s. Hyalite Reservoir is located in the southwest corner of the state of Montana, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of Bozeman and 10.5 miles (16.9 km) up Hyalite Canyon. The lake sits at the northern end of the Gallatin Range, just south of the Gallatin Valley. At normal full pool, the lake has a volume of 4.43614×10+8 cubic feet (1.25617×107 m3) and an area of 206 acres (83 ha), which experiences high seasonal variation. When at maximum capacity, the lake is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) miles long and .3 miles (0.48 km) wide. The reservoir reaches depths of 126 feet (38 m)

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