4 miles
140 ft
-2,374 ft
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  • Riding area
    Helena, Montana
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    AM, XC, Fat
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    Both Directions
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The Beartrap Gulch loop includes three miles of easy climbing along Trout Creek Canyon, followed by a moderate forest road climb to the top of the ridge. From the top, there is a long flowy downhill down Beartrap Gulch back towards Trout Creek. The upper half of Beartrap Gulch is the best flowing singletrack in the Helena area. Watch for some waterbar/whoops in the tall grass in the last half-mile.

Please notify the Montana Bicycle Guild of any issues with this trail.

Access Info

The ride begins at Vigilante Campground, 8 miles past York. Ride up the Trout Creek Canyon Trail for about three miles, to USFS Road 138. From there, turn left and start climbing. Turn left onto USFS Road 4119, and stay with the main line of 4119, ignoring all the spurs until the top of the ridge. The Beartrap Gulch singletrack is on the left just as you crest the ridge.

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More Stats for Beartrap Gulch Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,233 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,402 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,638 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,636 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,403 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,461 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    509 ft
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on Nov 1, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Beartrap Gulch Trail Trail Reports

Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:23am
Nov 1, 2017
reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
Sep 4, 2017 @ 2:51pm
Sep 4, 2017
Pretty loose, but not everywhere. Middle fall-line section is getting rutted.
Aug 14, 2017 @ 9:24pm
Aug 14, 2017
If this is your first time and you are on the 4119 road looking for the trailhead, watch for the 3 foot high rock cairn.
Jun 3, 2017 @ 3:06pm
Jun 3, 2017
So awesome.
May 8, 2017 @ 6:52am
May 8, 2017
reporter In fantastic condition.
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May 24, 2014 @ 10:00pm
May 24, 2014
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Beartrap Gulch
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag nicholasryan (Feb 1, 2016 at 17:46)
 This reminds me of an old school ride: after a fairly level double-track and singletrack jaunt through the impressive Trout Creek Canyon, there's a steady jeep road climb to the start of the singletrack downhill. The 4-mile (6.5km) downhill is superb. It starts with some long traversing switchbacks through open dry forest, where you can really get up some speed. Further down, the forest becomes greener and denser, and the trail starts taking a more direct line down the mountain. You'll definitely grin and holler!

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