7 miles
Distance
1,257 ft
Climb
-3,616 ft
Descent
01:41:42
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Bilk Mountain #232 Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Big Belts
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #29458 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

The Bilk Mountain Trail #232 starts at the high saddle junction with the Cayuse Mountain Trail #235 and contours below the south side of Bilk Mountain with some small climbs and descents. At the final ridge it begins a long downhill with the top half in rocky open meadows and the bottom half next to a creek. Most of the descent has decent sight lines so you can really let it loose! There are a couple creek crossings and a gate before the trail ends at Avalanche Gulch Road. The trail is blazed with white reflectors, which are helpful in a few grassy spots where it is hard to follow.

Near the bottom there is a very steep pitch with a mandatory drop, be prepared!

Access Info

The lower trailhead is clearly signed on Avalanche Gulch Road, off Canyon Ferry Road east of Helena.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bilk Mountain Trail #232 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,359 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,544 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,169 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,904 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,544 ft
  • Grade
    -6.428%
  • Grade max
    -53.779%
  • Grade min
    43.011%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,200 ft
  • Avg time
    01:41:42
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:57
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Status:
on May 30, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • 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 or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Bilk Mountain... Trail Reports

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      May 30, 2018 @ 6:32pm
      May 30, 2018
      Multiple downed trees on the climb. Otherwise, trail is dry and rideable. Hoping the FS brings their chainsaws soon if you want to ride this. We...
      Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:23am
      Nov 1, 2017
      reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
      Jun 20, 2017 @ 8:28pm
      Jun 20, 2017
      Some additional downfall and overgrowth in the grassy sections. Still a fun descent, however. Would be a really nice trail if it saw more use!
      May 28, 2017 @ 10:00am
      May 28, 2017
      The XC half of this trail has some spots of challenging downfall. Fortunately, the descent has none so it is very fast and super fun!
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      Bilk Mountain Trail #232

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