57.2 miles
8,682 ft
-8,680 ft
2 miles
High Point

Bring bearspray. Mid to late summer is the best time to do this route. Once you're in SC you are committed.

Loop beginning at the base of Peets Hill. Head out of town via your preferred method. More singletrack and elevation to take painted hills. Head up Sourdough canyon for a nice dirt warmup and connect into the singletrack climb into Moser. Descend either road or sneaky singletrack to Hyalite canyon rd. Hop onto Langohr rd to take the chill way to the top of the History Rock trail. Enjoy the view of where you be in a couple of hours
Descend back to Hyalite Canyon Rd. and climb up to the reservoir lot. Watch for traffic, it can be busy on weekends. Great opportunity to refill on water at the hand pump (may need a filter?) in the parking lot (west side). Also if you're bold and want to jump in the water its a great chance before the largest climb of the day.
HEad up the main MT. Blackmore trail and tart off with an enjoyable climb and fun descent to the lake. From here the climbing gets serious and many will hike-a-bike the majority of the climb (~3400' over 5mi). Make sure to bring an extra layer as the saddle & peak are very exposed. If you're up there it is worth the visit to the peak, otherwise, the trail continues from the saddle. Descend the old school, full backcountry trail all the way to the "3rd bridge" of South Cottonwood. Be aware the trail can be tough to follow in places due to the overgrowth and this is the most remote part of this ride. Plenty of pedal grabbers and opportunity for error. Enjoy the scenery and take in the alpine experience! And of your seeking a bit of fun rowdy trail, plus some more vert, head up Wheeler for an out and back of whatever length you want. From the third bridge down toward the trailhead keep an eye out for other users as this is one of the most popular trailheads in the valley.
Spin it back to town on whichever route fits your needs! A popular choice would be to ride 19th to fowler and there are multiple options of food back in town.

Detailed Description
Bogart > History > Blackmore > Wheeler > Bogart is a 57 mile moderately popular expert route located near Bozeman Montana. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 8,682 ft with a max elevation of 10,133 ft then descends -8,680 ft.
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18 Reviews & Comments

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dadbod420 (Jun 26, 2022 at 20:02)
About 6-7 downee trees between bridge 3 and the history rock intersection. Otherwise riding great with a few standing water sections close to the river.
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wolftwenty1 (Oct 3, 2021 at 19:42)
As noted, it’s more of a connector. The guy talking about the climb being brutal up Blackmore. It for sure is…but that’s technically a different trail Smile
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wolftwenty1 (Oct 3, 2021 at 19:39)
If you can catch it with little to no hikers it’s one of the most epic downhills in Bozeman. Top is wild with super tight switchbacks, then it’s steep, fast and lots of roots till the lake. Little climb then from there to the trailhead is nice and open and super fast. Watch for hikers in the lower bit.
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tlilly (Sep 27, 2021 at 6:51)
Beautiful backcountry trail. Much thanks for SWMBA for cutting out the trees each year. This trail deserves the love. Technical, but a ton of fun descending from Blackmore.

Fall colors were stunning in late September.
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masonskis (Sep 12, 2021 at 19:41)
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masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:51)
Edit last comment, Storm Castle RIDGE not Divide
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masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:47)
Lame trail on it’s own, but must be endured if looping Blackmore/South Cottonwood or Wheeler/Storm Castle Divide
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masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:44)
Not that great, no flow. Good connector though for big loops incorporating Wheeler, History, Blackmore, etc etc.
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Zaner3 (Sep 9, 2020 at 12:11)
Trails dry, a 2 downs trees.
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Zaner3 (Aug 20, 2020 at 8:00)
Rode up mount Blackmore, definitely some hike a bike on the way up. Rode down to south cottonwood, trail is pretty overgrown countless down trees, and the bad avalanche debris. Wouldn’t recommend unless you want a hard trail with lots of on and off your bike. Beautiful country tho.
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RadChilla (Aug 12, 2020 at 18:46)
Uffda. Even if all the trees were cleared, the ~3 miles up to Blackmore after the last fork are basically unbikeable. Spare yourself the misery.
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summers8288 (Aug 10, 2020 at 21:21)
Nordic ski trail in the winter maintained by Bridger Ski Foundation.
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benstill1 (Jul 10, 2020 at 21:57)
Pretty hard to navigate the huge avalanche slide debris. 7/10/2020
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elesquiador (Jul 6, 2020 at 9:53)
"While not spectacular, the summit is a satisfying end point." If you're looking for a more spectacular end point, instead of hanging a right to the wheeler mountain summit, ride the road (marked "connector roads" on the trailforks map) for about a mile of easy uphill spinning to a spot where it makes a hard turn to the southwest above big meadow (obvious in the satellite image). Spectacular views of Blackmore and the surrounding peaks.
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wolftwenty1 (Jun 7, 2020 at 9:51)
Riding soooo good. Avalanche took out a lot of trees so it’s basically impassible once you hit the switchbacks but the best part is below that anyway so all good ????????
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Summitx02 (Jun 28, 2019 at 12:02)
Strange that this report says it's 1100 ft of climb. I've ridden it a million times and it's more like 650 feet total
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colbycg (May 30, 2019 at 20:53)
Trail is riding great up until switchbacks. Enough snow to prevent uphill travel. I'd wait another week or two to actually try to ride the upper section
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gregb406 (Apr 23, 2018 at 19:35)
Trail Diaper Line
This trail is established on a couple of old roadbeds. Grass has grown into the roadbeds so the resulting trail is now singletrack. It also has known several names over the years. The western portion is Bullwinkles Ass, due to a close altercation that a biker once experienced. A middle section is called 86'd trees, due to the many trees that had fallen and cut out over the years. The lower eastern section is called Whip Me in a 1990's guidebook for Bozeman area trails. It sometimes has been overgrown with small branches that pull at clothing. Whip Me was a segment in the now defunct Hyalite Challenge Bike Race, hence the name "Race Course". This trail rides nicely in either direction and is a favorite from beginners to experts.


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More Stats for Bogart > History > Blackmore > Wheeler > Bogart mountain bike route
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    4,842 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,842 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,843 ft
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  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    29 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

History Rock
Sep 27, 2022 @ 1:45pm
12 hours
Hero dirt from last week's rain/snow.
South Cottonwood (Upper)
Sep 27, 2022 @ 1:45pm
12 hours
Still tons of trees down, passable none the less
Wheeler Gulch Trail
Sep 25, 2022 @ 3:53pm
2 days
South Cottonwood (Lower)
Aug 30, 2022 @ 6:21am
Aug 30, 2022
Mt. Blackmore
Jul 30, 2022 @ 10:13am
Jul 30, 2022
Dry and tree-free to the junction with South Cottonwood. get your suffer on!
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