7 miles
Distance
687 ft
Climb
-2,958 ft
Descent
01:02:15
Avg time
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Beardance Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kalispell
    , Montana
  • AKA
    #76
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19385 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This trail was rated the 5th best mountain bike trail in the state and you can shuttle it. Just drive up Crane Mountain road 9 miles to the top trail-head. From the top you start with an easy climb for 1.5 miles then it's time to go down. This trail will keep you on your toes or put you on the ground. Either way you'll remember this trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Beardance mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,270 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,055 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,637 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,325 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,055 ft
  • Grade
    -6.579%
  • Grade max
    -37.959%
  • Grade min
    33.059%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,967 ft
  • Avg time
    01:02:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:47:36
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2020
Variable
Avg: 4 (11 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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  • < 1 month
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  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Beardance Trail Reports

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      Oct 10, 2020 @ 11:58am
      Oct 10, 2020
      reporter FAMB has been brushing this trail for the last two weeks! We have brushed about 4.5 miles, and hope to complete the upper section next week....
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 8:56am
      Aug 22, 2020
      reporter
      FAMB partnered with FS trail crew June 10, 2020 to complete clearing and assessment of trail damage from windstorms. FAMB is hoping to return to...
      Aug 11, 2020 @ 8:50pm
      Aug 11, 2020
      The trail is in great shape after some impressive trailwork. The upper portion is mildly brushy, but the riding is great.
      Jun 20, 2020 @ 1:35pm
      Jun 20, 2020
      Trail is clear! Still some interesting areas to navigate but I think the trail is super fun right now. Kind of feels like a different trail with...
      Jun 9, 2020 @ 1:33pm
      Jun 9, 2020
      reporter Hundreds of trees blown down. Will take a ton of work to clear.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 21 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 81 rides
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      Jun 25, 2019

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Shelithomas (Jul 15, 2018 at 6:11)
       Rode this trail yesterday, without a shuttle. Parked up the road where Phillips Trail comes out and then rode up the road 6 miles to Beardance trailhead. Rode Beardance to start of Phillips and then UP Phillips...OMG! What a sufferfest! I'll never ride Beardance again without a shuttle! Park at the Beardance trailhead and ride it all the way down...riding up Phillips is a major hike a bike!
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag rpmotocross (Jul 24, 2019 at 20:51)
       Rode this trail on 7/24/19. Parked at the trailhead by the lake and rode up and back. Trail is very rough. Tough climbing. Lots of roots and rocks. Somewhat overgrown. This is definitely not a “blue square” rated trail. It’s black diamond. In my opinion, not a fun climb. Killer downhill though. Would be great to shuttle the trail. Enduro bikes recommended. Not a fun trail for short travel or hard tail bikes.
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      • - 2
      flag Cmeher09 (Sep 12, 2019 at 20:53)
       Rode the trail from top to bottom. Did not enjoy it at all. Not a blue square. The last couple miles are def more like black diamond riding for sure. Very rocky, roots, brushy, with some sketchy areas that you can easily get hurt on. Won’t ride this again.
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      • + 2
      flag kanter (Mar 13, 2020 at 7:28)
       This is an advance trail. It's better shuttled, but can be ridden as an out at back. It can also be ridden as a loop. Most trails in Kalispell are like this, so if you like buff smooth single track stick to Whitefish Trail, Herron Park, and Pig Farms.
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      • + 0
      flag Mtbakerscum (Aug 18, 2020 at 14:10)
       Cool trail, way longer than I'm used to, probably need some new pads now. Lower section had a lot of torn up sections from blowdowns. Fairly mellow single track most of the time otherwise, with gnarly rock gardens towards the bottom. Fairly overgrown as of 8/18/2020 with a log across the trail at about the middle. Awesome views and a good ride, highly recommend shuttling it
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