8.2 miles
Distance
528 ft
Climb
-3,025 ft
Descent
01:07:23
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Second Yellow Mule Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Second Yellow Mule Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Madison Range
    Big Sky, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June through September
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #7115 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Another legendary trail accessed from the heart of Big Sky meadow village or Ousel Falls Trailhead. It's an "easier" climb to Buck Ridge than First Yellow Mule, but it will take longer and has more vertical. As a downhill it's flowy and fast, with some short climbs here and there. Killer loop in either direction when combined with First Yellow Mule and Buck Ridge. Grizzly bears live here, make noise Not great when wet, but better than First Yellow Mule.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Second Yellow Mule mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,498 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,958 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,458 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,456 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,958 ft
  • Grade
    -5.772%
  • Grade max
    -47.83%
  • Grade min
    47.432%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,376 ft
  • Avg time
    01:07:23
  • Avg reverse time
    02:09:45
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Status:
on Jun 11, 2021
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Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Second Yellow Mule Trail Reports

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      Jun 11, 2021 @ 7:06pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      Trail is clear to within 2.5 miles of the ridge before you hit snow. Someone cleared 10 or more huge trees with a chainsaw this week, switchbacks...
      Jun 7, 2021 @ 7:29pm
      Jun 7, 2021
      Dry to the switchbacks at least. Big tree across at 3 miles up, I’m sure the switchbacks have trees so bring a saw if you can.
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 7:07pm
      Oct 7, 2020
      Episode c conditions October 7!
      Jul 31, 2020 @ 4:21pm
      Jul 31, 2020
      One tree down
      Jul 5, 2020 @ 7:02pm
      Jul 5, 2020
      Chased a cinnamon colored bear down the trail in the usual spot. Lots of trees down in the switchbacks.
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      Jul 25, 2020 @ 10:11pm
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