4 miles
Distance
102 ft
Climb
-2,224 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point
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Railroad Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Sapphire WSA
    Hamilton, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #30421 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The more I ride this trail the more I love it. It doesn't get much traffic, even for a Bitterroot trail. It takes quite a bit of commitment to get here climbing up Weasel Creek and crossing over on 313. The top is through an old burn and a commitment to trail work is slowly allowing the trail to be reclaimed. For a long stretch this trail was neglected and impassable. With use the tread is starting to reappear and this is one trail that has benefitted with repeated use and the trail becoming more fun every year. The old burn is challenging with half hidden rocks and steep descents and a few punchy climbs to keep you honest. One out of the burn the trails gains some sweet glow although there are still some rock surprises here and there. Once at the creek bottom. Well it is interesting. There are at least four creek crossing and it spots the creek has claimed the trail as its own. Like most creek bottom trails in the Sapphires it s inevitably overgrown in the summer, and unless people have been on it the trail has a tendency to disappear. That is part of it's charmed. You want manicured trails, you are in the wrong place.

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More Stats for Railroad Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,122 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,223 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,345 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,223 ft
  • Grade
    -10.217%
  • Grade max
    -90.059%
  • Grade min
    9.704%
  • Distance climb
    2,311 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    295 ft
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on Jul 22, 2018
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Railroad Creek Trail Reports

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      Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:36am
      Jul 22, 2018
      This trail along with Weasel Creek and the connecting section of 313 was cleared of 300 trees. Some brushing done along the creek bottom to make...
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 11:33am
      Jul 15, 2018
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