4 miles
Distance
1,994 ft
Climb
-178 ft
Descent
01:31:59
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Emerald Lake Trail

Emerald Lake Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Northern Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #434
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June-September
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #12403 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Custer Gallatin National Forest

This out and back trail climbs steadily over roots and rocks before committing to a series of switchbacks eventually depositing you at Emerald Lake which is situated at the head of a stunning alpine basin. Retrace your route enjoying the full range of trail surfaces from the rough upper sections to the flowy forested floor of the lower canyon. **FYI** This trail is subject to the Trail Timeshare plan which prohibits mountain bike use on Sundays and Mondays between July 16 and September 5.

Access Info

The trailhead can be found at the end of the east fork road of hyalite canyon.

Disclaimer

No Mtn Bikes Sundays and Mondays; Trail Time Share July 16 to September 5. Ebikes and Motorcycles allowed W,Th, F, Sat from 7/16 until 9/04.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Emerald Lake bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,816 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,112 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,945 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,112 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,928 ft
  • Grade
    7.906%
  • Grade max
    -23.912%
  • Grade min
    38.919%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3,025 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,182 ft
  • Avg time
    01:31:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:44:45
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Status:
on Jan 2, 2021
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.9 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Emerald Lake Trail Reports

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      Jan 2, 2021 @ 9:34am
      Jan 2, 2021
      reporter Closed to bikes. Designated ski trail thru Apr 15
      Oct 3, 2020 @ 1:12pm
      Oct 3, 2020
      Sep 5, 2020 @ 8:04pm
      Sep 5, 2020
      There is a medium sized tree down about 1.3 miles up the trail. The tree is about 12" in diameter but the top of the tree is about 2.5-3 feet off...
      Aug 28, 2020 @ 11:59am
      Aug 28, 2020
      Trail seems like it is getting more torn up by motos with throttle control issues but still a lot of fun!
      Jul 2, 2020 @ 7:27pm
      Jul 2, 2020
      Dry up to about mile 3. Last 1.4 miles has some snow and water flowing down trail. Mostly rideable (90%)
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 77 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag josharp186 (Sep 16, 2018 at 19:54)
       The ride up is a challenge. Steep roots and rock gardens add up as you make the climb. Once hit the lake you will be instantly refreshed. Ride down is rowdy the entire way! Keep an eye on your line and leave your hands of the brakes and send it.
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