6.5 miles
Distance
687 ft
Climb
-2,958 ft
Descent
00:53:10
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Beardance Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

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
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #49336 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57246 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 50 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Beardance mountain bike trail 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
    00:53:10
  • Avg reverse time
    02:23:37
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Status:
on Oct 24, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.1 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Beardance Trail Reports

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      Oct 24, 2021 @ 5:23pm
      Oct 24, 2021
      Two trees down on the trail. One about .2 mile from the highway that will need a chainsaw. The second is about 2 miles in with a makeshift reroute...
      Sep 1, 2021 @ 10:42pm
      Sep 1, 2021
      Love this trail, always good to ride when home visiting the parents. It’s running quite well at the moment, but the sight lines are a bit...
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 9:15pm
      Aug 2, 2021
      FAMB Trail Crew agreed -- it was brushy to start. So on 7/29, FAMB Trail Crew finished brushing the first 0.8 miles (to where the trail becomes...
      Jul 19, 2021 @ 4:26pm
      Jul 19, 2021
      Wouldn’t call this brushy. Brushy is when you can’t see the trail or you start bleeding.
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 1:05pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      Brushy to start. Ripping! Thanks for the tread work FAMB!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 80 rides
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Cane Creek Upper Shuttle
      12 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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
      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.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      kntr (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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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