9.0 miles
Distance
2,352 ft
Climb
-470 ft
Descent
02:01:07
Avg time
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Bangtail Divide
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #7095 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #36380 in Trail Running
    • #48806 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

This IMBA Epic is one of the most famous rides around Bozeman for a reason, stunning views of the Bridger and Crazy Mountains and mile after mile of glorious singletrack. Trail can be ridden in either direction although most people ride it south to north in order to take advantage of the switchback intensive climb of Stone Creek and the fast and flowy descent of Grassy Mountain.

Access Info

Take MT Hwy 86/Bridger Canyon Drive North from Bozeman. Either leave a car at the Bracket Creek Trailhead (100 feet up Bracket Creek Road which is past Bridger Ski Area) to shuttle you back to Stone Creek once the singletrack part of the ride is complete or grind out a few road miles as a cool down at the end of the ride back to Stone Creek.

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More Stats for Bangtail Divide South (IMBA Epic) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,882 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,719 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,806 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,719 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,602 ft
  • Grade
    4%
  • Grade max
    -25.2%
  • Grade min
    38.4%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,533 ft
  • Avg time
    02:01:07
  • Avg reverse time
    01:55:37
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Status:
on Jun 22, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.5 (14 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Bangtail Divide... Trail Reports

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      Jun 22, 2022 @ 1:33pm
      Jun 22, 2022
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 8:12am
      Jun 16, 2022
      Clear to the top with small mud puddles that should clear out with the next few days of hot weather.
      Jun 11, 2022 @ 6:46am
      Jun 11, 2022
      Good to the top, then numerous down trees after the descent
      Jun 8, 2022 @ 7:43am
      Jun 8, 2022
      The climb to the top is fine, but once you get up there, it is muddy and there are a lot of patches of snow which are too deep to ride through.
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 6:52pm
      Jun 12, 2021
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      • 20 rides
      • 25 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 75 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • - 2
      flow424 (Jul 31, 2017 at 8:54)
       Motorized access is destroying this trail. Sad to see a epic trail slowly erode into a rutted v rather than smooth flowing singletrack
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mtnranger (Jun 13, 2018 at 6:20)
       Amazing trail, fantastic construction
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      • + 0
      PWilly6 (Jul 18, 2018 at 22:10)
       Lost iPhone on trail today, please comment if found!!
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      • + 1
      backinmysaddle (Jul 9, 2020 at 9:31)
       I rode this up from Stone Creek on July 5, it's a hardy climb especially if you arrived the day before form sea level! The initial switchbacks take a toll but once you pass those the climb mellows out and those views appear. I did this as an out and back, it's not a bad descending trail, but you could also continue on north on the central Bangtail section and then descend to the highway on Olsen Creek Rd and return to the Stone Creek trailhead. Also can be done as North to South from the top of Olsen Creek Rd, climbing the central section and then descending the south section to Stone Creek. Nothing particularly rugged, I was flying down the open straightaways.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Bree33 (Aug 10, 2020 at 15:11)
       A nice XC ride with great views. Unfortunately, the sections of the trail that allow Motos are destroyed in places. Large ruts and dips in the trail in unpredictable places make the trail unreliable for the rider.

      We rode south to north, parking at the northern end and riding the road first. I'd recommend this direction because you get to climb on nice switchbacks that haven't been destroyed by Motos and then descend on the more rough stuff at the northern end. Nothing very technical on this trail but look out for unexpected trail erosion.
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