6 miles
1,233 ft
-355 ft
Avg time
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  • Riding area
    Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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Mostly a scenic, rolling, wide singletrack that follows South Cottonwood Creek for 6 miles to the Fox Creek Ranger Station. First half of this trail maintains a moderate grade (with a short steep climb out of the parking lot) and would be fine for beginner to intermediate bikers. After about mile 3 the trail becomes more rocky, rooted and steep. This gets worse as you head farther out. While the beginning of the ride is a solid intermediate trail, the later half should be labeled as an expert trail. I'm only rating it as blue so people riding the first part aren't scared off.
Keep in mind there are a few short climbs on the way out so save a little energy. This topography and soils in this drainage hold moisture longer than most trails in the region. Give it plenty of time to dry out and avoid riding when wet.

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More Stats for Lower South Cottonwood (to Fox Creek) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    878 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,729 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,613 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,729 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,607 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    770 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 17, 2017
Prevalent Mud
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lower-south-cottonwood-to-fox-creek trailhead (45.539930, -111.092470)
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Lower South... Trail Reports

Oct 17, 2017 @ 9:28pm
Oct 17, 2017
Prevelant mud and snow. Only ride to the 2nd bridge and turned back because it was getting worse.
Oct 7, 2017 @ 7:33am
Oct 7, 2017
Pretty wet with significant mud and puddles. The end is near...
Oct 7, 2017 @ 7:31am
Oct 7, 2017
Tree down across trail
Jun 25, 2017 @ 9:23pm
Jun 25, 2017
Good to go all the way to the cabin.
Nov 12, 2016 @ 7:12pm
Nov 12, 2016
Several trees down and a number of spots that were muddy.
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