4 miles
Distance
2,898 ft
Climb
-76 ft
Descent
01:32:05
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Garnet Mountain Trail

Garnet Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Northern Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June-October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #38739 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

The Garnet Mountain Trail is a National Recreation Trail and as a result is well maintained and thusly popular with all non-motorized user groups. It can be ridden as a steep out and back or a longer dirt road/two track climb with a single track descent. All in all the trail is quite smooth as it wraps around the flanks of Garnet Mt with a few isolated technical spots to keep you honest. The crux of the trail is its incessant sidehilling which will require focus and may intimidate the timid intermediate rider. The top half mile is steep, rocky and loose double track but is worth the effort for the views from the lookout alone, not to mention it is actually a pretty fun descent too.

Access Info

Main trailhead is about 2 miles up the Squaw Creek Rd on the left. Access to Garnet Mt trail is across road and over bridge. For the longer, more gentle approach ride or drive several more miles up Squaw Creek Rd to the Rat Lake Rd. Follow this road around Rat Lake and continue uphill to the top of Garnet Mt making note of the singletrack coming in from your left about a half mile from the top. This will be your descent route and will bring you back to the aforementioned trailhead.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Garnet Mountain mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,822 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,411 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,244 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,422 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,244 ft
  • Grade
    13.626%
  • Grade max
    -18.621%
  • Grade min
    55.196%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    854 ft
  • Distance flat
    145 ft
  • Avg time
    01:32:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:21
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Status:
on Oct 5, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.25 (4 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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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • 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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      Garnet Mountain Trail Reports

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      Oct 5, 2020 @ 11:19am
      Oct 5, 2020
      Garnet mountain is an intense but fun ride down. Lots of shear drop offs alongside some of the trail. The top half is mostly dry, loose rock that...
      Aug 18, 2019 @ 9:40am
      Aug 18, 2019
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 12:11pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      One down tree. And wet from a storm last night. Still super fun as always.
      Sep 29, 2018 @ 10:57am
      Sep 29, 2018
      Perfect riding conditions before the rain/snow came. There is one pair of downed trees less than a mile from the road. Keep an eye out for them.
      Jul 2, 2018 @ 11:31am
      Jul 2, 2018
      Riding great right now!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 10 miles avg distance
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