6 miles
Distance
1,032 ft
Climb
-183 ft
Descent
00:57:24
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Northern Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #424
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June-October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #52671 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 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.

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More Stats for Lower South Cottonwood bike trail
  • Altitude change
    849 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,746 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,596 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,594 ft
  • Grade
    2.8%
  • Grade max
    -30%
  • Grade min
    37.6%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5,148 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,050 ft
  • Avg time
    00:57:24
  • Avg reverse time
    01:27:28
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
  • 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

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      Jul 7, 2020 @ 7:52pm
      Jul 7, 2020
      Mountain lion sighting on the trail between 2nd and 3rd bridges.
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:10am
      Jul 4, 2020
      Trail was good halfway to History Rock turn. Second half had a lot of puddles and mud which made the rock gardens in this area very slick. I would...
      Jun 23, 2020 @ 12:22pm
      Jun 23, 2020
      Occasional puddles, mostly in the standard locations. The creek is super high and flowing into the side trail near the third bridge, so things...
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 7:05am
      Jun 13, 2020
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 7:04am
      Jun 13, 2020
      Trail is good to go, made it all the way to the intersection, had to cross 3 down trees in the last mile. I could hop over 2 of them. Little wet...
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