5.9 miles
Distance
645 ft
Climb
-2,742 ft
Descent
00:52:58
Avg time
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Buttercup Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hamilton
    , Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Late April to October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #79289 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

When the trail leaves the road when heading east to west, there is a half mile of climbing with a least two, maybe three lung busting, but rideable pitches. From the top it is mostly flowy downhill with several short, steep climbs tossed in to make sure you earn a least some of the descent.

At the bottom, there are a series of sketchy switchbacks on a steep exposed hillside. Treat them with respect.

Access Info

Head up Sleeping Child Rd south of Hamilton and stop at Red Barn Bicycles if you need some emergency work done. Ride, drive, and with combination of both drive up Black Tail Point Rd. Try and find where the single track leaves the road. There is no sign.

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More Stats for Buttercup mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,097 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,946 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,147 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,057 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,960 ft
  • Grade
    -6.753%
  • Grade max
    -28.426%
  • Grade min
    18.691%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Avg time
    00:52:58
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on May 12, 2024
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Avg: 3.5 (6 votes)
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      Buttercup Trail Reports

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      May 12, 2024 @ 2:28am
      May 12, 2024
      reporter Trail is riding great. Still a little residual snow on the access road, but easy to ride around or over
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 11:13pm
      Jul 6, 2022
      Starting to get overgrown but still rideable. The wildflowers at the top are worth the lung buster climbs.
      May 10, 2022 @ 8:07pm
      May 10, 2022
      May 10, 2022 @ 8:05pm
      May 10, 2022
      Trail is in good shape. Short stretches of snow on the road up, but the trail is nearly all melted out.
      May 6, 2021 @ 5:46pm
      May 6, 2021
      reporter Two patches of snow on the road getting there, but they are short. Sweet riding once in the trail.
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      • 4 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      • 65 rides
      • Last: May 12, 2024

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