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.

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2 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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    13
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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