14 miles
Distance
4,686 ft
Climb
-2,419 ft
Descent
03:29:49
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of CDT Targhee Pass Trail

CDT Targhee Pass Details

  • Riding Area
    Lionhead
    West Yellowstone, Montana
  • AKA
    CDT
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Primitive
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Season
    Late June - First Snow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #7136 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is an astounding backcountry experience in the Henry Lake Mountains outside of West Yellowstone, MT. The trail is hardly noticeable in places, but can only be improved by an increase in riders. This area is on a short list for wilderness designations so ride it nw and hopefully we wont lose a classic piece of MT/ID singletrack.

Access Info

From West Yellowstone drive west on HWY 20 towards Island Park. Upon reaching the pass take a right into a dirt road and park at the parking lot for the south side CDT trail. Ride back down the road and cross HWY 20 and continue up the two track until reaching a faded singletrack on the left.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for CDT Targhee Pass bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,266 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,075 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,014 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,081 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,348 ft
  • Grade
    2.972%
  • Grade max
    -59.629%
  • Grade min
    49.722%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,356 ft
  • Avg time
    03:29:49
  • Avg reverse time
    04:56:10
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Status:
on Sep 30, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      CDT Targhee Pass Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Sep 30, 2018 @ 6:42pm
      Sep 30, 2018
      Ran across 2 Grizzlies towards the top about a mile into the descent. Bear bell highly recommended. Still smokey around the area from recent fires.
      Jul 22, 2018 @ 7:41pm
      Jul 22, 2018
      reporter Free of deadfall
      Jul 5, 2018 @ 3:23pm
      Jul 5, 2018
      Rode the loop consisting of up Targhee Pass and down Targhee Creek. A couple down trees on the switchbacks after passing Lionhead.
      Sep 14, 2016 @ 6:12pm
      Sep 14, 2016
      A little smokey.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Sep 12, 2018 @ 11:02am
      Sep 12, 2018
      CDT Targhee Pass, West Yellowstone
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      Sep 12, 2018 @ 11:02am
      Sep 12, 2018
      CDT Targhee Pass, West Yellowstone
      19 |
      Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:27pm
      Aug 7, 2018
      CDT Targhee Pass, My City
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      Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:27pm
      Aug 7, 2018
      CDT Targhee Pass, My City

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