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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4 Reviews & Comments

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MT-HRO (Aug 28, 2021 at 18:13)
Steady flow of e-bikes from the YC
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MT-HRO (Aug 28, 2021 at 18:13)
Steady flow of e-bikes from the YC
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masonskis (Aug 16, 2021 at 13:32)
No ebikes!!!!
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masonskis (Aug 16, 2021 at 13:32)
No ebikes!!!!

Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for Big Sky to Cinnamon mountain bike route
  • 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

Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:18pm
Jun 29, 2022
Really muddy in spots but still doable and clear to the saddle. Thanks to whoever was clearing the trees today! The trail is really rough this year, several rutty washouts to challenge your “skills”.
First Yellow Mule
Jun 26, 2022 @ 1:24pm
Jun 26, 2022
Confirmed to be too muddy/snowy above the second creek crossing. This means we’re still about 2 weeks from reaching Buck Ridge.
Second Yellow Mule
Jun 24, 2022 @ 10:43am
Jun 24, 2022
Muddy in spots. Switchbacks covered in trees, needs a chainsaw.
Jul 31, 2021 @ 5:19pm
Jul 31, 2021
Nice and peaceful as you approach the gnar
Cinnamon Meadow
Jul 31, 2021 @ 5:13pm
Jul 31, 2021
Trees cleared as usual thanks to the dirt bikers. A new switchback built last year makes that one part nice.
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