24.6 miles
4,784 ft
-4,753 ft
2 miles
High Point

An incredible point-to-point excursion that has remained off the radar due to routefinding difficulties...until now Use your Trailforks app to avoid getting lost, and your bear spray to avoid getting eaten.
Leave a car at the Cinnamon Trailhead, and drive back to Big Sky to begin. Negotiate the tourists at Ousel Falls, then climb Second Yellow Mule to the expansive Buck Ridge and views of The Sphinx. Enjoy a solid 45 minute descent into a chunky and flowy Buck Creek, then a couple 30 minute climbs will deposit you at the top of the Cinnamon Trail, one of the best short downhills around. Consider the steep climb to the top of Cinnamon Mountain for great views of Gallatin Canyon, the entire Madison Range, and the Gallatin Range.
Allow 5 hours if you're super fit, a few more otherwise.
Do not attempt this route until after July 15 when the dirt bikers clear the deadfall, and consider waiting until August for the potholes to dry up at the bottom of Buck Creek.
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Detailed Description
Big Sky to Cinnamon is a 25 mile moderately popular expert route located near Big Sky Montana. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 4,784 ft with a max elevation of 9,473 ft then descends -4,753 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
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
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    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for Big Sky to Cinnamon mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    16 hr 43 min
  • Altitude change
    31 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,456 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,570 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,601 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

First Yellow Mule
Nov 30, 2023 @ 4:17pm
Nov 30, 2023
Good for about a mile up from Ousel Falls, snow gets a little deeper so you would need a fat bike beyond Second Mule junction. Bring studded tires and rip it! Fish Camp is still great as well.
Second Yellow Mule
Oct 20, 2023 @ 2:05pm
Oct 20, 2023
Still good to go from the top! A couple muddy spots up high.
Cinnamon Meadow
Sep 26, 2023 @ 6:40pm
Sep 26, 2023
Good shape
Sep 25, 2023 @ 7:24pm
Sep 25, 2023
Minor issue is the puddles. I cleared about 300 rocks of all shapes and sizes, trail speed is faster now. Rip it!
Buck Ridge
Aug 26, 2023 @ 12:56am
Aug 26, 2023
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