19.1 miles
3,354 ft
-3,352 ft
2 miles
High Point

If you are new to the Butte-Anaconda area, go and ride some other areas that are all single-track and non-motorized.

If however you've done all that, are not scared of double-track, and you want something different without driving too far, consider this loop:

- You start off in a beautiful valley.
- Not gonna lie, the first mile sucks because of the grapefruit sized rocks
(It's possible to skip this section if your vehicle can make it over Lone Pine Gulch Road).
- After the trail junction you have about 2700ft of almost un-interrupted climbing.
- Most of the climbing happens on Ditch Saddle Trail which has a remarkably pleasant surface for a double-track, apart from a steep loose section about 2/3 of the way up.
- You will traverse around Burnt mountain on the CDT and after a short descent will come to an amazing viewpoint on the NE ridge looking out over the hills.
- Immediately following the viewpoint you have 3 miles of downhill on seldom ridden flowy single-track, This will make all the climbing worth it.
- Back to the double-track you descend down into Norton Gulch. This trail is much more sandy and rocky than Ditch Saddle Trail, but hey you're still going downhill so it might be kinda fun.

Detailed Description
Burnt Mountain Loop is a 19 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Anaconda Montana. This mountain bike primary route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 3,354 ft with a max elevation of 8,181 ft then descends -3,352 ft.
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    9 hr 55 min
  • Altitude min
    5,534 ft
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    5,534 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,535 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

CDT - Burnt Mountain to Divide Creek
Jun 19, 2023 @ 5:52am
Jun 19, 2023
Trail is all clear. Mostly dry except for some sections of water lower down. reporter
CDT - Divide Creek Ridge
Jun 19, 2023 @ 5:50am
Jun 19, 2023
Still a couple of trees down in the upper reaches. Trail had puddles from the recent rain, but easy to ride around, and are drying out fast. reporter
Norton Gulch Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 8:33am
Jul 10, 2022
There was a tree or two down in the upper section. We didn't ride the middle section. Trail was mostly ideal with some damp spots here and there. reporter
CDT - Burnt Mountain Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 8:25am
Jul 10, 2022
A few trees down, but not awful. Mostly dry with some mud puddles that are easily avoidable on a bike. reporter
Ditch Saddle Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 8:23am
Jul 10, 2022
Someone has come through with a saw, so trail is good for mountainbikes and dirtbikes. Trail still needs some love however and ATVs may need to bring a saw to get through. Trail has some puddles, but mostly dry. reporter
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  • By MattinButte ATS HCC & contributors
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