23.7 miles
Distance
7,184 ft
Climb
-6,208 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Trail run from Columbia Mountain to Strawberry Lake

Detailed Description
Alpine Trail 7 Columbia to Strawberry Lake is a 24 mile moderately popular expert route located near Columbia Falls Montana. This trail running primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 7,184 ft with a max elevation of 7,251 ft then descends -6,208 ft.
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4 Reviews & Comments

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hmc5585 (Oct 20, 2022 at 19:48)
Worst uphill climb of my life. Steep, and absolutely littered with loose rocks of all sizes. Expect to push your bike up no less than 40%-60% due to the blown out, unmaintained conditions. Also love the deep washouts. I understand Montana has a long history of unregulated trail use, and the efforts of chainsaw-clad dirt bikers has allowed the trail to be passable, but destroying 50% of the trail with the rational that, because you cut down the trees, is absolute insanity. No doubt plenty of volunteers would also be willing to clear the trail. Motos have been proven to destroy trails much faster than hikers, bikers and horseback. Let's get with the times.
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k831 (Jul 3, 2021 at 18:31)
Yep, been riding dirt bikes there since the 90's as a kid and when I go back to visit, and ride both my MTB and moto. Other users like to forget it's the throttle twisters that bring the chain saws and shovels in each year and fix the trails.
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dft1 (Jul 22, 2022 at 14:40)
its appreciated by this mountain bike rider
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Uncle00Buck (May 29, 2021 at 10:44)
This trail says no dirt bikes, as do a lot of the trails in the area, which is not true. Columbia, Alpine, Strawberry, etc., are all open to dirt bikes. The dirt bike guys are who keep the trails open from down timber, lets try to get along in multiple use areas.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Trail Running
  • Other Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Alpine Trail 7 Columbia to Strawberry Lake mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    975 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,100 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,100 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,075 ft
  • Grade
    0.8%
  • Grade max
    -88.7%
  • Grade min
    82.8%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Alpine #7
Aug 6, 2022 @ 1:28pm
Aug 6, 2022
Columbia Mountain
Jul 25, 2022 @ 11:54pm
Jul 25, 2022
Trail is dry little bit of mud The climb up is no joke
Strawberry Lake Trail
Jun 8, 2022 @ 5:04pm
Jun 8, 2022
FAMB Trail Crew cleared 10 trees from obstructing the trail, and performed 4 cutbacks. Snow still exists at the top (Alpine #7 is covered), but there is no snow on the rest of the trail. Top of the trail is a little brushy, but manageable. It's good to go and ready to ride! As always, make noise while biking up and down, to keep from catching anyone off guard. This is a popular hiking trail, and we noticed several bear/cat scats along the trail.
Alpine #7
Sep 14, 2021 @ 7:25am
Sep 14, 2021
Good condition, but a little brushy and remote, felt a little spooky in grizzly bear country.
Alpine #7
Sep 14, 2021 @ 7:25am
Sep 14, 2021
Great condition, one down tree with an easy ride around.
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