9 miles
1,312 ft
-72 ft
2 miles
High Point
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Lightning Lake Details

  • Riding area
    Madison Range
    Big Sky, Montana
  • AKA
    Beaver Creek
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The Lightning Lake Tail skirts the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and enters the wilderness after about four miles, but offers a quality out-and-back to that point. This trail is not mapped beyond the wilderness border.

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More Stats for Lightning Lake mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,239 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,150 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,150 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,389 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,702 ft
  • Distance flat
    765 ft
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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lightning-lake trailhead (44.927803, -111.360461)
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag mt-powder (Sep 5, 2017 at 19:10)
 According to the sign at the trailhead, this trail is not open to mountain bikes, but I'm not sure if that is just because it is closed at the Wilderness boundary as this description says.

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