3.7 miles
Distance
175 ft
Climb
-543 ft
Descent
00:43:20
Avg time

Norton Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Anaconda
    , Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Spring-Fall
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #188934 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #58519 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Montana Forest Service

As the name suggests this trail follows along side Norton Creek, which winds through a small but beautiful canyon lined with rock formations. The trail mostly mirrors the gradient of the river, which isn't too steep, but there are a couple of places where it rises steeply up higher than the river for a while before dropping steeply back down. The trail starts off as doubletrack at either end, but is predominantly singletrack. The top half of the singletrack is full of low speed technical sections that may challenge even the best riders. The lower half is a fun old school cross country trail that offers sections with great flow.

Access Info

Norton Creek can be accessed from the top by driving down the German Gulch road or you can park on the Durant Canyon Road, just off the Fairmont Road and ride up to the the trail. There are some gates at the bottom trailhead and a few land owner issues that are currently being worked out. The top is totally accessible by a dirt road(SUV or Truck is best). A fun option is to park at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and ride up the German Gulch Road for a bit of a climbing challenge and then descend down Norton Creek and then ride the Fairmont road back to your car.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Norton Creek multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -369 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,130 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,499 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,499 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,131 ft
  • Grade
    -1.9%
  • Grade max
    -35.8%
  • Grade min
    22.5%
  • Distance climb
    3,681 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,457 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:56
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on Sep 16, 2021
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      Norton Creek Trail Reports

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      Sep 16, 2021 @ 9:40am
      Sep 16, 2021
      reporter The upper half of this trail (after crossing the bridge) is quite overgrown to the point that it is not enjoyable to ride, and some of the rocks...
      May 9, 2019 @ 5:22pm
      May 9, 2019
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      6 Months
      • 2 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 9 rides
      • Last: Sep 17, 2022

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      1 Review & Comments

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      Vespula (Jul 26, 2022 at 17:21)
      Meh. Overgrown by tall grass and bush.Has good potential but is in need of up keep.
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