Hiking is an integral activity in Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley community! With countless hiking trails throughout the area ranging from easy to difficult, there are always new adventures to be had, but ensuring you have the best experience is important. Whether you are from out of town or a Bozeman local, a custom guided hiking experience is a great way to see Bozeman and explore new places!

Our very own Kelley Schlauch, a Platinum Properties associate, along with her business partner, Erica Cherry, started  FlexTrek, a personal hiking guide service, 4.5 years ago. This is the perfect way to experience amazing hiking trails specializing in flexible day trips around the area focused on fitness, sightseeing, or both.  Kelley noted that “We have taken a lot of interesting clients hiking over the years, including an Instagram influencer, a travel blog writer, a prominent health coach, a woman from Ireland traveling alone, and someone in a wheelchair.” 

Whether you are an avid hiker, ready for a 10-mile hike, or someone who is looking for a leisurely stroll in nature with incredible views, Kelley and the team can provide an exceptional experience for whatever option you choose! Once you schedule your hike, the FlexTrek team will reach out and connect right away. In order to provide the best experience possible, the team asks a few simple questions, including age, physical ability, allergies, and where you are traveling from.  

Kelley has found that 75-80% of their clients are women who are traveling alone or in a small group; families and senior citizens round that number out. The requests range from small hikes like the iconic  ‘M’ to longer five-to-ten-mile hikes, easy to difficult. To make the experience easy and even more memorable, the FlexTrek team supplies water, snacks, hiking poles, a first aid kit, bear spray, sunscreen, bug spray, and anything else that you might not already be traveling with if you are visiting from out of town. 

Thinking that you would rather sightsee with no obligation to go on a hike? The FlexTrek team can help you pick a suitable scenic drive or plan a great day or two of sightseeing in and around Bozeman. Kelley explained that “We encourage everyone to try to get to Yellowstone Park for at least one day since they are this close being in Bozeman.” The team is also happy to provide recommendations for local restaurants and shops, farmers markets, music venues, and more!

Whether you are looking for local sightseeing information, loop, or destination day hikes around Bozeman, Gallatin Canyon, Hyalite Canyon, Livingston/Paradise Valley, or the Big Sky area, FlexTrek is your go-to guide! 

Do you love hiking and meeting new people? Kelley and the team are searching to add an additional guide or two to the team. This position would start in the Spring of 2023. Give Kelley a call today to find out more information!

Meet Platinum Properties team member, Kelley Schlauch here and check out the FlexTrek website here.