History Rock Backcountry Skiing in Hyalite Canyon

Probably the most popular ski touring destination in Hyalite Canyon, and maybe even the Bozeman area, History Rock is a go-to ski tour for beginners and experts alike. This area is often a first for skiers interested in getting into touring as well as learning how read terrain and assess avalanche conditions. The terrain is fairly low grade but can be an avalanche hazard. Because of its popularity there is almost always a skin track leading from the parking lot to the upper most meadow - don't plan on getting first tracks. Upon entering Hyalite Canyon, travel on Hyalite Canyon road until reaching a large plowed parking lot on the right with a History Rock trailhead sign. If you have reached Hyalite Reservoir, you have gone too far. 

Clay reaching the top of the first meadow at History Rock. 

Clay reaching the top of the first meadow at History Rock. 

History Rock is named after the large boulder adjacent to the trail, soon after leaving the parking lot, where many have carved their initials.  Once leaving the parking lot, head right on the well maintained x-country ski trail leading into a large wide open meadow. This trail will slowly lead into the trees and begin heading left. There are usually a couple small jumps here. Continue following the skin track passing "History Rock" and leading to the first meadow where the ascent begins. There are 3 skiable meadows allowing for many options under time constraints. Top out on the first meadow for a quick day or head all the way to the third meadow for a couple laps. 

Dawn Patrol at history rock.

Dawn Patrol at history rock.

History Rock is a 3 mile ascent to the upper most meadow. This meadow does not connect with an exit back to the lower two meadows. Once descending the upper meadow, skin back up and then ski out the way you came linking the middle meadow and the lower meadow back to your car. The upper most meadow is rarely skied because of the need to skin back up. You can find powder here and a low avalanche hazard. Each meadow offers great views of Hyalite Canyon and Hyalite Reservoir. I highly suggest venturing out to History Rock for a morning skin before work or an after work ski - either way this is a great out and back with low avalanche hazard. Enjoy!

The Bridgers in the distance.

The Bridgers in the distance.

-Sam