15.6 miles
2,924 ft
-2,962 ft
1 mile
High Point

Bear spray is a good idea

Solid loop with some challenging climbing, good flow on top and a rowdy descent.

Detailed Description
Bear Canyon - Mystical Bear - New World Gulch is a 16 mile moderately popular expert route located near Bozeman Montana. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 2,924 ft with a max elevation of 7,716 ft then descends -2,962 ft.
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Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (www.southwestmontanamba.org)
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Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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    One Direction
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More Stats for Bear Canyon - Mystical Bear - New World Gulch mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    2 hr 44 min
  • Altitude min
    5,430 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,483 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,443 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,490 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Bear Lakes
Sep 10, 2023 @ 4:32am
Sep 10, 2023
Pretty muddy
Mystical Bear
Sep 10, 2023 @ 4:32am
Sep 10, 2023
Bear Canyon
Aug 27, 2023 @ 6:28pm
Aug 27, 2023
Frequent mud pits, many mandatory. Needs to dry out, but started raining towards end of my descent so only getting wetter.
New World Gulch Trail #50
Aug 3, 2023 @ 8:32am
Aug 3, 2023
Tree down near the top on the Mystic Lake side. 6-7" in diameter. I probably could have removed it with my Silky, but I was lazy (and late) and left it for the next person. Still muddy in spots, but NWG is always that way. On the plus side, this trail is seeing some love. Bridges and water crossings have been reinforced recently.
Mystic Lake Cutoff
Jul 16, 2023 @ 2:41am
Jul 16, 2023
grin inducing fun.
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  • By patiohaggerty & contributors
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