54.9 miles
9,199 ft
-8,705 ft
2 miles
High Point

Wait until after July 16 for the dirt bikers to clear trees

A dawn to dusk mission that I’ve curated over the years. It is hard Not an IMBA classic. Bring a headlamp, raincoat, bearspray, friends. Looking at the map, you will see several options, but this route is the easiest. Run your shuttle the day before, or have someone pick you up. Taylor Fork Road is about halfway, and a great bailout to the highway where you could hitchhike.
Options: climb First Yellow Mule if you want to feel pain early. descend Meadow Creek if you like horse tracks. Climb Little or Main Wapiti instead of Oil Well for more singletrack vs doubletrack. use Kirkwood or Cabin Creek instead of Red Canyon for more suffering.

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Big Sky to Hebgen is a 55 mile moderately popular extreme 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 20 trails. This route climbs 9,199 ft with a max elevation of 9,473 ft then descends -8,705 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bikepacking
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Big Sky to Hebgen mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    25 hr 8 min
  • Altitude change
    494 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,456 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,570 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,064 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    24 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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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.
Carrot Basin Divide Trail No. 349
Oct 8, 2023 @ 8:05pm
Oct 8, 2023
Great shape, a little mud up by the Cabin Divide junction.
Oil Well Road
Oct 8, 2023 @ 8:02pm
Oct 8, 2023
Good shape, some mud but easy to miss.
Cabin Creek Divide
Oct 8, 2023 @ 7:56pm
Oct 8, 2023
Pretty muddy in spots, fast and fun otherwise.
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