5.5 miles
Distance
228 ft
Climb
-3,077 ft
Descent
01:08:56
Avg time
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Fawn Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hungry Horse
    , Montana
  • Ref Number
    #309
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden, Other
  • Global Ranking
    #105410 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Fawn Creek has been neglected the past handful of years. Trees have been cut out over the years, usually around 100-200 a year. However there are many sections of trail where the tread has been taken out by rootball tear outs, trees falling, and general unuse. In 2022, FAMB took a full month to brush every foot of trail, remove all down trees, and partnered with the Forest Service to remove a very large, dangerous tree that was almost impassable.

This trail is best enjoyed a couple ways:
Short drive up Doris Cr Rd, an Alpine 7 hike-a-bike, and down to the powerline road (shuttle).
Long drive up Aurora Basin Rd, and almost all downhill to the powerline road (shuttle).
Up the Backside of Columbia, down Fawn, and back to your rig at the bridge parking lot (loop).
We would not suggest trying to bike up Fawn, although there are some stream crossings for water refill.

Trail Description:
Top section: You start in a meadow with short and steep descents. The steep sections become longer, with deep trenching, ranging from ankle deep to thigh deep, wide enough for a tire to a couple feet wide. This includes rock drops, rock gardens, root gardens, and some switchbacks.
Middle section: Crossing Fawn Cr several times in a meandering trail with steep sections and 'flowy' sections, beware of rootball holes
Bottom section: After you cross Aurora Cr, the trail sidehills and gets steeper, with many root gardens and a few switchbacks.
End section: Pop out on to a closed troad, turn left, and pedal/hike up single track to the gravel powerline road, which has many elevation changes and takes a VERY indirect path back to the bridge over the South Fork.

Old description:
This trail was used in the 70's for a motorcycle trail competition. Later the area became non-motorized and the trail saw little use and even less maintenance. It's only by the hard work by mountain-bike volunteers that the trail will get a second chance. When cleared this trail should bring as much excitement to today's mountain-bikers going down as it did our motorcycling ancestors had tearing up it.

Access Info

Start at Doris Lakes TH, Fawn branches off downhill in the meadow.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Fawn Creek mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,847 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,122 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,030 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,030 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,182 ft
  • Grade
    -9.8%
  • Grade max
    -72.5%
  • Grade min
    43%
  • Distance climb
    3,520 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,407 ft
  • Avg time
    01:08:56
  • Avg reverse time
    02:20:29
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on Sep 25, 2022
Dry
Avg: 2.6 (5 votes)
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      Fawn Creek Trail Reports

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      Sep 25, 2022 @ 8:46pm
      Sep 25, 2022
      I ran up the backside of Columbia, AT7 to Doris and down Fawn and it was magic. It’s the best shape this loop has been in since Gifford Pinchot...
      Sep 15, 2022 @ 9:13am
      Sep 15, 2022
      Trail is sick and scary! Great downhill and we did it as a shuttle. Super techy and very raw. Would definitely do again this summer! Highly...
      Sep 2, 2022 @ 9:12am
      Sep 2, 2022
      Over the past 4 weeks, FAMB Trail Crew has brushed every foot of this trail. On the final day, we partnered with the Forest Service to remove a...
      Jul 20, 2021 @ 4:54pm
      Jul 20, 2021
      The trail is not rideable yet. It is way too brushy. The trees are off.
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 11:54am
      Oct 10, 2020
      reporter Hey there! FAMB and FS cleared a total of 120-ish trees in three days! We have about 1.5 miles left to connect the upper and lower section that...
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      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Oct 19, 2022

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      toast2266 (Sep 11, 2022 at 6:21)
      Trail is running pretty good. A few tricky spots in the top half, and opens up a bit down lower.
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      • + 0
      welch174 (Aug 10, 2021 at 8:13)
      Don’t attempt this trail unless you plan to be pushing a bike through a jungle.
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