12.6 miles
Distance
2,448 ft
Climb
-2,472 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Helena classic

The upper half of the Beartrap Gulch Trail is the best ribbon singletrack in the Helena area. It flows and flows through mountain meadows - wildflower season is spectacular. Watch out for Kelly hump whoops in the tall grass at the bottom of the gulch.

The climb is mostly road grade, and not too challenging. Trout Creek Trail has a few punchy climbs at the creek crossings, but is generally mellow. Enjoy the views. The first four switchbacks of FS4119 are steep(ish) but the grade lets up a bit after that.

Park and start the ride either from the Beartrap Gulch trailhead, or at the Vigilante Campground, which is about 1/4 mile farther down the road. Ride up Trout Creek Trail for about three miles, and then climb USFS Road 138. Turn left onto USFS Road 4119. Climb 4119 until you get to the divide, ignoring all the minor spurs (4119a, 4119b, etc.). The Beartrap Gulch singletrack is on the left, just past the crest of the ridge.

Detailed Description
Beartrap Gulch is a 20303 popular intermediate route located near Helena Montana. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 746.1 with a max elevation of 2022.7 then descends -753.6.
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4 Reviews & Comments

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Offic3rFriend1y (Sep 2, 2019 at 19:24)
 I think you ascent and decent figures are off by about a thousand feet.
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Bozeman10 (Oct 19, 2019 at 7:18)
 Its about 2400 feet of climb according to strava.
It's a great loop
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Sanchewy (May 30, 2021 at 17:10)
 This route shows up on mobile as 3400 ft but on desktop/web it shows 2400.
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rlun12 (May 6, 2022 at 18:40)
 Just ran this and it was clear up until hidden valley road. Then we hit many large snow drifts all the way across road. Bear trap was clear the whole way down though.
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    20
More Stats for Beartrap Gulch mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,427 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,452 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,429 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -75.9%
  • Grade min
    63%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,658 ft
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Hidden Valley Road
May 15, 2022 @ 5:36pm
May 15, 2022
The road is passable with snow and mud in a few spots.
Trout Creek Trail
May 7, 2022 @ 10:56am
May 7, 2022
First mile is great but the last 2 have significantly treacherous and consistent icy spots.
Beartrap Gulch Trail
May 6, 2022 @ 8:24pm
May 6, 2022
Dry to the top, no trees down. Judging from the snow at the top, Hidden Valley Road is a no-go.
Indian Creek Road
Aug 21, 2021 @ 8:32am
Aug 21, 2021
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