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 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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
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  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Physical rating
More Stats for CDT East Ridge mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    11 hr 16 min
  • Altitude change
    -157 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,312 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,469 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,312 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles


  1. Bike southwest on CDT - Nez Perce Trail.
  2. Continue for 8 kilometers.
  3. Turn right onto CDT - Fairy Trail.
  4. Continue for 16 kilometers.
  5. Keep left to take Excel Connector.
  6. Continue for 600 meters.
  7. Keep left to take My Lady's trail.
  8. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  9. Turn left onto CDT - Homestake to top of Maud-S.
  10. Continue for 14 kilometers.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

CDT - Homestake to top of Maud-S
Nov 12, 2023 @ 7:41pm
Nov 12, 2023
Pretty good up to about mile 5 where the snow got a little deeper.
CDT - Fairy Trail
Sep 18, 2023 @ 8:23am
Sep 18, 2023
The length of the trail has been cleared out, except the last ~1.5 miles on the far west/southwest end. The entire section should be cleared out by the end of the week.
CDT - Nez Perce Trail
Sep 18, 2023 @ 8:13am
Sep 18, 2023
All clear. Trail in good condition
My Lady's trail
Jul 30, 2023 @ 5:52pm
Jul 30, 2023
I think there might have been 1 tree down somewhere, but don't let that stop you! reporter
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  • By MattinButte ATS HCC & contributors
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