68 miles
Distance
8,084 ft
Climb
-8,083 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Dont forget your bear spray! Water is plentiful for a filter to work

Looping some classic trails in Bozeman! Headup the painted hills connector from town and catch sourdough road to Bozeman Creek Trailhead. From here ride a local favorite XC route of SHootout park. IT is usually suggested in the clockwise direction.
Here is one of two short sections that you will ride twice. Ride back up towards Mystic Lake Cabin and cross the creek to go down the Wall of Death. Watch yourself for loose rock and a mud pit or two!
Once back at the bridge, head up the canyon and hang right at the Moser-Mystic intersection. While climbing up there will be a trail on your left "Diaper Line". It may be a bit steeper than the double track, but is much more engaging! Dont forget to hoot and holler up here. Lots of bears and other wildlife around.
YOu will get spit out onto an old roadcut once at the top and make your way to the main Moser Road Fork in Hyalite. Here you get a nice double track climb until a faint trail on your right. If you hit an ATV trail you've gone too far.
Take the ripping singletrack descent down until you hit an obvious road cut and follow that until you hit the pavement of Hyalite Canyon Rd.
Ride up the road until you get to Langhor on your right. (you'll be south/uphill of the campground). Follow the left forks (more well-traveled) to connect in with the top of History Rock Trail. Keep going uphill to the beautiful lookout into South Cottonwood Canyon.
Hold on and get ready for a steep and narrow descent of Fox Creek. But rest assured its almost all downhill to the SC trailhead from here.
ONce at the trailhead make your way back to town on the pavement or cut it short with a shuttle! Staying on South Cottonwood rd until johnson keeps you away from tight twisty roads and gets you to some lesser traveled dirt roads going W > E.

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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
kfizzlemynizzle (Jun 22, 2020 at 11:35)
 Plenty of options to modify the route as you go or point's to bail if need be! Pretty Sure the elevation is overestimated...
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hoaglundbrendan (Jul 9, 2020 at 21:37)
 Starting and ending at the public library was 75 mi and 8.5k vert. I got a little lost around race course. There are a few trails that peel off left. I think you want to take the 4th option. It’s pretty ridden in now and looks like a bike trail. That’ll drop you out at the Moser trailhead. Also, the climb out of Langhor is hard so save some beans for that operation. Overall a really cool and tough ride!
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hoaglundbrendan (Jul 9, 2020 at 21:38)
 Also, definitely bring a water filter
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Details

  • Race Date
    Sunday June 28, 2020 at 07:00am
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • AKA
    Bozeman's 3 Canyon Day
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Triple Crown of Bozeman mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,842 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,842 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,843 ft
  • Grade max
    -84.3%
  • Grade min
    57.8%
  • Distance climb
    29 miles
  • Distance down
    34 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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