1 mile
Distance
773 ft
Climb
-123 ft
Descent
00:45:19
Avg time

Magpie Gulch Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    Big Belts
    Helena, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #248
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    may-oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

The trail follows up a ridge to the junction of the hanging valley trail from Vigilante Campground. For me it was mostly hike-a-bike with some riding (i'm 75 years old). Coming down was hard on the brakes. The trail is well-marked, but not used very much, mostly by hikers. The trailhead is hard to find. The best way is left through the cow pasture along magpie creek for 0.5 miles. The road is not an all season road and could get really muddy in the spring or after a heavy rain.

Access Info

Start up Magpie-Gulch road from MT 284. This road is washboard, but all season. After about mile 7.5 the road starts up out of the main creek drainage. At this point, turn left off the all season road along the cow pasture for 0.5 miles to the well-marked trailhead.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Magpie Gulch bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    650 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,170 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,945 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,295 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,945 ft
  • Grade
    11.402%
  • Grade max
    -29.756%
  • Grade min
    31.319%
  • Distance climb
    4,641 ft
  • Distance down
    1,002 ft
  • Distance flat
    61 ft
  • Avg time
    00:45:19
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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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  • Double Black Diamond

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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
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  • 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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