3 miles
1,033 ft
-1,884 ft
Avg time
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  • Riding area
    Bridger Range
    Bozeman, Montana
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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This section of the Bridger Foothills Trail is generally ridden from the top of Sypes Canyon down to the mile 1 marker of Middle Cottonwood. It's highlights include some steep technical descending through north facing gullies and ridgelets ending with a cobble strewn, generally dried up stream, bed that often holds avalanche debris into mid-summer. Despite the overall descending nature of this trail, some steep climbing/hike-a-bike is necessary to gain the ridge between Sypes and Middle Cottonwood. Do not try to ride this when wet, the soil on the north facing slopes contains lots of clay and turns to gumbo. This trail is subject to the trail time share which prohibits mt biking on Sunday between June 16 and Sept 5.

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More Stats for Bridger Foothills Trail (Sypes to Middle Cottonwood) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -851 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,963 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,434 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,819 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,969 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    622 ft
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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