2 miles
594 ft
-583 ft
Avg time
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Palisade Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Hamilton, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    July - September
  • Global Ranking
    #8081 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Hope you are warmed up, if not you'll be soon. The climbing begins immediately. Keep climbing a keep a lookout for outcropping to your right, they are great places to check out the view.

While the ridge tends upwards until maxing out at Palisade Mountain, there are a few sidehills and one steep rocky downhill. Most of the trail is littered with rocks and on the steeper sections they may sap your momentum and force you to hoof it a time or two. Halfway to the top, a snowbank manages to cling to the trail until mid July. It doesn't really present much of an obstacle, but tends to come as a surprise in the summer time. After the snowbank a few of the knobs along the way tend to be full of wild flowers in the early summer.

Once at Palisade Mountain climb the rocks to the top. The view is spectacular and hopefully there will be a breeze to keep the mosquitos that swarm the trail away.

The descent from the high point starts out steep and eroded until mellowing out into a rolling descent to the junction with Willow Creek.

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More Stats for Palisade Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    11 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,052 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,405 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,052 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,063 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    625 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jul 22, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
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      Palisade Trail Trail Reports

      Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:47am
      Jul 22, 2018
      Trail cleared and the snow is gone.
      Jun 27, 2018 @ 4:55pm
      Jun 27, 2018
      Trail still has several snowdrifts on it. They begin right from the road. Several downed trees as well. I'd let it thaw out a bit before I tried...
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      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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