6 miles
Distance
1,233 ft
Climb
-355 ft
Descent
00:56:23
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June-October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #52671 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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.

More Stats for Lower South Cottonwood (to Fox Creek) 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
    2.921%
  • Grade max
    -18.164%
  • Grade min
    31.416%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    770 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:23
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on Aug 30, 2019
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lower South... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 30, 2019 @ 10:16pm
      Aug 30, 2019
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 9:39am
      Aug 17, 2019
      Can't avoid mud in this section, I don't think. Frequent afternoon rains have left this a variable thing to deal with.
      Jul 31, 2019 @ 6:47am
      Jul 31, 2019
      reporter
      This trail was cleared by SWMMBA with help from the Back Country Horsemen on July 27th. 93 trees were cut out between Blackmore to South...
      Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:32pm
      Jul 12, 2019
      Super wet/muddy from trailhead to fox creek cabin. Needs a week of sunshine to dry out. Large puddles
      Jul 7, 2019 @ 6:47pm
      Jul 7, 2019
      Puddles. A day or two of drying out would help.
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