Explore and Hike Bear Trap Canyon

Length: 7 miles (round-trip to Bear Trap Creek) to 15 miles (round-trip to the dam)

Time of Hike: 3 to 7 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Hiking, trail running, fishing

Crowds: Moderate to heavy traffic


Part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness within the Madison Range, Bear Trap Canyon is a spectacular drainage encompassing encompassing 6,000 acres. From Ennis Lake to the Madison River Bridge, the Madison River runs through this 9 mile passage. You can traverse the trail for as long or short as you'd like; a popular turnaround point is Bear Trap Creek. The trail officially ends at the Madison Dam Powerhouse. Carry bear spray and watch for rattlesnakes and poison ivy.

Where to Stay

Looking to imerse yourselve in the true beauty of the area, book one of the cabins at Bear Trap Canyon Ranch opening June 23, 2023. Enjoy the irrestible sunrises and sunsets of the Madison River. Walk out on the extended porch and enjoy the local wildlife of deer and elk.