36.5 miles
Distance
7,529 ft
Climb
-6,053 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Ride from chesnut to hyalite connecting trails through bear canyon

Detailed Description
Chesnut to Hyalite is a 36 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bozeman Montana. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 7,529 ft with a max elevation of 7,721 ft then descends -6,053 ft.
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23 Reviews & Comments

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nrainey80 (Sep 22, 2022 at 21:43)
The connection between Trail Creek moto trail and Bear Lakes is still open.
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nrainey80 (Sep 22, 2022 at 21:40)
The CGNF reported that there is no longer a trail easement for this trail. According to posted signs, you can no longer ride through from Bear Canyon to Bear Lakes here.
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mumumumu (Sep 19, 2022 at 8:33)
@gregb406 the official name according to the Forest Service is "Upper Wildhorse Lick".
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ianjones SWMMBA (Sep 12, 2022 at 14:23)
Per available USFS travel plan, this trail is OPEN to the public. Please reach out to the Bozeman Ranger District of the CGNF if you have questions.
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nrainey80 (Sep 19, 2022 at 13:24)
As of Sept. 18, 2022, there are some small trees intentionally cut to block this trail at the north end near Bear Canyon Trail and at the top just north of the intersection with Bear Lakes trail. There are also multiple signs warning against trespassing. I have contacted the CGNF to clarify the easement.
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summers8288 (Aug 23, 2022 at 17:48)
We talked to a Bear Canyon resident who said you can still ride the Bear Canyon loop on this trail. They just want people to stay on the trail (hunters) as the sides of the trail outside the trail easement are private. They even put in a sign that illustrated that.b
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nrbentle (Aug 20, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Bear Lakes
A good climb trail. Stays shady!
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Roxiholmes (Aug 13, 2022 at 13:44)
This trail is primarily on private property and has a large cattle herd and should be avoided.
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gregb406 (Jul 2, 2022 at 12:38)
This is the Lick Creek Trail. People who misname trails on Trailforks aren’t being helpful.
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MargaretIH (Jun 17, 2022 at 17:32)
Tree down just after starting the real descent, almost a blind turn. Trail up from Goose road is mostly dry, water running down the tread in expected sections of the downhill
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MargaretIH (Jun 17, 2022 at 17:32)
Tree down just after starting the real descent, almost a blind turn. Trail up from Goose road is mostly dry, water running down the tread in expected sections of the downhill
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virginian41fTe (Sep 13, 2020 at 11:08)
Great ride. Very dry. No smoking!
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virginian41fTe (Sep 13, 2020 at 11:08)
Great ride. Very dry. No smoking!
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Thamm (Sep 1, 2020 at 19:07)
Private land closed this trail
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CyclingThe425 (Aug 27, 2019 at 20:13)
Dry, not dusty, still lots of green. View is worth the climb.
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CyclingThe425 (Aug 27, 2019 at 20:13)
Dry, not dusty, still lots of green. View is worth the climb.
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Hillenbn (Jul 21, 2019 at 6:24)
We used to call this lick creek. We’d park and start climbing right past the lake and get back to hyalite road following the creek, which is shorter than this ride.
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gregb406 (Jul 27, 2018 at 19:24)
This trail is unfortunately marked with the incorrect name. The western end of this trail as shown is actually Cow Flats. Cow Flats is a broad meadow. The trail is deeply trenched so use caution or you will catch a pedal. The eastern end of this trail is called Face Draw by the Forest Service. It's former name was Time Warp. Fast and flowy but best ridden downhill. Buckskin is actually an east-west ATV route just to the north of this trail.
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Schmi1 (Jul 17, 2018 at 15:17)
Trail Bear Canyon
Starts out as a typical Bozeman hiking trail with a fair amount of space to pass. Nothing special until it reaches a fun section with lots of opportunities for jumps on the way down (in about the middle). The rest of the ride is extremely steep.

I rate the ride 3 stars. I would give it more but the trail is prone to mud and has tons of mosquitoes/flies to deal with.
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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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Crassycle (Jul 2, 2017 at 20:10)
The name of this trail makes total sense. Intermediate fun descent, but high consequences if you take a fall.
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jenneilene (Jun 23, 2017 at 13:30)
Trail is buff and smooth. Great views and wildflowers!
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jenneilene (Jun 23, 2017 at 13:30)
Trail is buff and smooth. Great views and wildflowers!
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More Stats for Chesnut to Hyalite mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1,474 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,273 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,273 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,749 ft
  • Grade
    0.8%
  • Grade max
    -85%
  • Grade min
    45%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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The CGNF reported that there is no longer a trail easement for this trail. According to posted signs, you can no longer ride through from Bear Canyon to Bear Lakes here.
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