Silver Gate, Montana
Silver Falls, Absaroka Mountains
2.25 miles round trip
You will want at least a small water bottle per person
The trail is about half in the sun
Rarely traveled path that can be hard to follow and is sometimes covered by downfall
In Cooke City
Yes with proper attention to kids
Silver Falls:45.01157 N, 110.00111 W
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:
You will want to return the same way you came in.