11.7 miles
Distance
2,494 ft
Climb
-3,345 ft
Descent
02:48:38
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of 8 Miles of Hell Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

8 Miles of Hell Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Highland Mountains
    Butte, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #3829 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Affectionately known as the 8 Miles of Hell, this leg of the famous Butte 100 race has seen lots of improvement since it was named and is a fantastic piece of remote single track. Often covered with trees this section is best ridden after mid July to give the local land management agencies and rides time to clear the trail for you (or better yet, bring a saw and help out).

Access Info

Park at the Highlands Picnic area by following Roosevelt Drive off of Mt Hwy 2 (go straight, it turns into Moose Ck and Shiloh Ln, just stay straight on the main Rd). The other end of the ride ends at Pipestone Pass at the top of MT Hwy 2 between Butte and Whitehall.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for 8 Miles of Hell bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -850 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,465 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,931 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,315 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,465 ft
  • Grade
    -1.381%
  • Grade max
    -42.928%
  • Grade min
    46.515%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    02:48:38
  • Avg reverse time
    02:30:34
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Status:
on Jun 19, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      8 Miles of Hell Trail Reports

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      Jun 19, 2021 @ 6:28pm
      3 days
      Still clear from Hwy2 to Highlands CG. Great riding.
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 4:51pm
      Jun 2, 2021
      We cleared 15 more trees today up to 8 miles towards highlands, still one tree across trail at 5.8 miles under big snow drift, otherwise mostly dry.
      Jun 1, 2021 @ 12:23pm
      Jun 1, 2021
      We cleared 30 trees up to 5.5mi at the meadow, few small patches of snow just before the meadow.
      May 31, 2021 @ 9:42am
      May 31, 2021
      May 31st: the trail was is great shape for riding. Some snow near the top. But the biggest obstacles was the dead fall. Lots of trees on the trail.
      May 7, 2021 @ 4:05pm
      May 7, 2021
      From Highway 2, dry for only 1.5 miles. Should be another week before it’s dry to Toll Canyon intersection.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 103 rides
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      Photos

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      Aug 1, 2018 @ 1:42pm
      Aug 1, 2018

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      mtcanuck (May 9, 2021 at 21:11)
       Lime kiln CDT is clear and snow free up to the Toll Canyon trail intersection. From there to the cattle guard/road there are over a dozen trees and plenty of snow.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      MattinButte ATS (May 21, 2021 at 18:29)
       Hey mtcanuck,
      Thanks for commenting on the trail conditions! In the future I recommend doing this as a trail report as this is the official way to view and update status and condition of trails on Trailforks.
      Cheers,
      Matt
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