14.4 miles
Distance
4,166 ft
Climb
-1,909 ft
Descent
04:16:44
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of CDT Targhee Pass Trail
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    CDNST
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  • USFS
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CDT Targhee Pass Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lionhead
    West Yellowstone, Montana
  • AKA
    CDT
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Late June - First Snow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #15811 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

This trail is an astounding backcountry experience in the Henry Lake Mountains outside of West Yellowstone, MT. This area is on a short list for wilderness designations so ride it now and hopefully we wont lose a classic piece of MT/ID singletrack.
Trail is butter smooth and loamy at times, yet steep, technical, loose, and rocky with exposure elsewhere.
Do it as an out and back from Targhee Pass as far up as you dare, or shuttle a point to point starting at Raynolds Pass and Mile Creek Face Trail (this second option might be less strenuousSmile

Access Info

From West Yellowstone drive west on HWY 20 towards Island Park. Upon reaching the pass take a left 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 ride up the steep, rutted 4WD road to the permanently closed gate where the trail goes around the gate. Alternatively, drive up to the gate and park here.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for CDT Targhee Pass multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,257 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,085 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,002 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,085 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,341 ft
  • Grade
    3%
  • Grade max
    -45.8%
  • Grade min
    41.3%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,162 ft
  • Avg time
    04:16:44
  • Avg reverse time
    03:47:10
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on Sep 29, 2023
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      CDT Targhee Pass Trail Reports

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      Sep 29, 2023 @ 6:33pm
      Sep 29, 2023
      Alpine rides really don’t get much better than this.
      Aug 9, 2023 @ 7:08pm
      Aug 9, 2023
      Tacky hero dirt
      Jul 20, 2023 @ 7:43am
      Jul 20, 2023
      reporter SWMMBA Lionhead trail clearing July 14-16th. Trees were removed and some light trailwork completed. Over 30 volunteers and 300+ trees from...
      Jul 9, 2023 @ 7:15am
      Jul 9, 2023
      West side of the pass had some down trees and snow on the switchbacks (we jumped on at Watkins, not sure the status west of that). Some down trees...
      Jul 2, 2023 @ 9:20pm
      Jul 2, 2023
      A lot of small downed trees and one large clump of downed trees on the west side. A little snow down lower and one large snowfield near targhee peak.
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