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

Wait until after July 15 for the dirt bikers to clear trees

A dawn to dusk mission I have curated this route over the years, and I highly recommend it. That said, 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.
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

Detailed Description
Big Sky to Hebgen is a 55 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 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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5 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!!!!
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bluerockutah (Jul 7, 2020 at 17:22)
Trail Red Canyon
Very fun trail! A few muddy spots but fewer than expected. A few water crossings. Only one fallen tree to get around 100 yards from the parking. Trail ruts are deep the second half of the trail which makes it difficult with your pedals constantly hitting the sides if the trail. Clearly marked signage at the top.


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    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
  • Altitude change
    494 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,456 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,570 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,064 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    24 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Red Canyon
Oct 16, 2022 @ 11:31am
Oct 16, 2022
Oil Well
Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:11pm
Jun 29, 2022
I only rode up until the Slide junction. A few mud bogs at the beginning, pretty rough and bumpy most of the way due to horses. Some snow patches began appearing around the Slide turnoff. It’ll be a couple weeks before it’s rideable to Carrot Basin. Horse packers saw a Grizz partway up.
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.
Cabin Creek Divide
Sep 26, 2021 @ 5:24pm
Sep 26, 2021
I heard the 3 mile ridge portion has been rebuilt, it’s way less rocky and very fast now. GPX may need updating.
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  • By masonskis & contributors
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