Silver Gate Montana very near Yellowstone National Park
Bridal Falls, Mountain Views
0.6 miles out and back
Spring, Summer, Fall
Lots of shade
Dirt path with some log hopping
Trail Head:45.00842N, 109.97350W
Bridal Falls is really nice little waterfall. I would guess its about 40 feet in height but is one of the more unique I have seen. It is about ten minutes outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone. The turn is right in the city of Silver Gate. If too early in spring the road may be too muddy and you will have to hike in from town. There is only room for about two cars to park but I have been twice and never even seen a sign of another person. There is no signage for this hike. To get to the parking area head south on Monument Avenue in Silver Gate. The road will end and take a left on Bannock street. It is a dirt road. Its just about a mile on this road and you will reach a bridge over Wyoming Creek. Park just before the bridge.
Hike west from the car along the lovely little creek.
The trail takes you through a great forest environment and will probably require minor log jumping. The path can be faint but just be sure to stay near the creek and you will pretty quickly hear the falls.
Bridal Falls is a unique waterfall. The creek falls off a ledge and hits a shelf where it makes a 90 degree turn and plunges to a nice pool you can wade in. The video at the bottom does a little better job showing the movement of the falls.
Here is a short video showing the falls.
From the falls there are good views of the surrounding Absaroka Mountain Range.
Return back the way you came.
This is a great place very near what I think is the prettiest part of Yellowstone to drive. The hike is very short and easy and I find it to be a very peaceful place to visit.