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Silver Falls – Cooke City/Silver Gate/Yellowstone – Montana
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Overview
Location

Silver Gate, Montana

Sights

Silver Falls, Absaroka Mountains

Distance

2.25 miles round trip

Elevation Gain/Loss

400 feet

Time Required

1-3 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

You will want at least a small water bottle per person

Best Season

Summer

Sun Exposure

The trail is about half in the sun

Trail Condition

Rarely traveled path that can be hard to follow and is sometimes covered by downfall

Restrooms

In Cooke City

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Nearby

Family Friendly?

Yes with proper attention to kids

GPS Coordinates:

Silver Falls:45.01157 N, 110.00111 W

Driving Directions


The Trail:

Silver Falls is a nice little hike located 1 mile outside the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone in the small town of Silver Gate. The trail appeared to be rarely used and was a little difficult to navigate so you can avoid private property. You will park on the west end of Silver Gate and hike a very short distance up the last road on the North side of the highway. There is a small house. 

After a couple hundred feet you will see a power line turn to the west. Break off the road and follow the lines for a short distance.

You will only go about 100 feet before an orange arrow will point you to the right.

There are several of these arrows that will generally lead you in the right direction but don’t solely rely on them. You will now be in thick forest.

You will come to a spot where three indistinct trials break off. You will want to take the middle one. You will see an old road follow this road to another arrow taking you left.

From here you basically hike until you hit the creek and then head up. The views in this area are great of the surrounding Absaroka Mountains.

Soon after you begin your climb Silver Falls will come into view. It is a narrow straight plunge that I would guess is about 110 feet.

You can walk right up to it. The falls were great and it was a perfect spot to take in the scenery and have a snack. We visited in early June and there was a great water flow. I do not know how much this one falls off later in fall but it would still be a nice little hike.

The cliffs here are very porous because there are several spots where water drips from the rocks.

Here is a short video showing the falls:

The Return:

You will want to return the same way you came in. 

Personal Thoughts:

 I thought that this was a very nice off the beaten path (Yet ironically right on it) hike that had a great waterfall and we didn’t see another soul the entire time. Trek Planner Logo

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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