26.5 miles
4,404 ft
-4,561 ft
2 miles
High Point

This ride is a Butte classic that has you traversing the East Ridge of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). It is a very physically demanding ride due to the constant elevation changes and rocky terrain. It can be ridden in both directions, however it is more common to ride north to south, and this does save the smoothest and most flowy sections of trail for the end, as well as providing the option to bike down to Butte via the railway. Two thirds of the way along, it is well worth the extra effort to visit the statue "Our Lady of the Rockies" and it will provide some of the best views on the route.

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CDT East Ridge is a 26 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Butte Montana. This mountain bike primary route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 4,404 ft with a max elevation of 8,405 ft then descends -4,561 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

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rvHEaH (Jun 13, 2021 at 7:11)
Super fun out and back, dry and sandy, but there are a couple of trees down across the trail about 1/2 a mile in. Easy to carry a bike over though
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radbad (Jul 6, 2020 at 8:54)
July 1, 2020 covered in deadfall and clouds of mosquitos between Nez Perce and FS412. Very slow going
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radbad (Jul 6, 2020 at 8:53)
July 1, 2020 Covered in deadfall and clouds of mosquitos. Very slow going.
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bizango-x (Aug 24, 2019 at 12:52)
The signs call this the Nez Perce trail. The motos have caused it to get pretty eroded and consequently it’s quite rocky. If you like techy rocky climbs, you will like this. The new section of the CDT where it forks is in much better shape.
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PoGoSki (Jun 23, 2019 at 8:39)
The fairy trail is one of the most underrated and under-ridden gems in the CDT corridor! Fairly casual, consistent grade for climbing through beautiful boulders and forest to the summit. The descent has beautiful flow with an abundance of fun features to jump around on. Do it!!
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BradMall (Jul 16, 2018 at 12:24)
Very fun ride, lots of sand in the trail and very dry. One of my favorite Sunday rides around butte. The downhill coming back towards homestake is a lot more fun in my opinion than going down Maud S. I usually do an out and back with my turn around point being where the maud s trail starts.
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BradMall (Jun 28, 2018 at 11:37)
Ride up Maud S and took this trail to the Lady of the Rockies. Really fun ride, lots of rocks and lose sand on the trails, some steep spots but nothing unrideable. Once you get to the power line you have to hike through some really rugged rocky terrain to get to the Lady of the Rockies but it’s definitely worth it. There is signs saying no trespassing though fwi
  • + 3
gflint (Sep 10, 2017 at 16:30)
From Homestake Pass the first mile or so is a bit of an ass kicker. After that it still climbs but it is very flowy. Super sweet. I only went in 5 miles then turned around. Coming back out is one of the best XC downhills you will ever do.
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caddishatch (Aug 15, 2017 at 13:22)
This is a great climb for 6 miles to the new section of CDT. Awesome downhill for 6 miles to your car or just continue on CDT as far as you want to go.
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gtbauman (Aug 3, 2017 at 18:28)
Very pretty with cool rocks, but very dry
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More Stats for CDT East Ridge mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -157 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,312 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,469 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,312 ft
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  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

CDT - Homestake to top of Maud-S
Sep 11, 2022 @ 11:40am
Sep 11, 2022
There was one or two trees small trees down. Can't remember exactly where sorry. reporter
My Lady's trail
Sep 11, 2022 @ 11:37am
Sep 11, 2022
All clear! reporter
CDT - Fairy Trail
Sep 11, 2022 @ 11:37am
Sep 11, 2022
Lots of trees down over this section, so pretty slow going on a bike, and this trail is slow enough as it is. The CDT to both the north and south of here are mostly clear so it might still be worth your while to just grit your teeth and push through it. reporter
CDT - Nez Perce Trail
Sep 11, 2022 @ 11:29am
Sep 11, 2022
One tree down about half way up reporter
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