8.2 miles
Distance
528 ft
Climb
-3,025 ft
Descent
00:59:56
Avg time
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  • 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
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • 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
    #38893 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 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
    00:59:56
  • Avg reverse time
    02:06:13
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on Jun 24, 2022
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Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • 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 24, 2022 @ 10:43am
      Jun 24, 2022
      Muddy in spots. Switchbacks covered in trees, needs a chainsaw.
      Jun 10, 2022 @ 12:20pm
      Jun 10, 2022
      Only the bottom 2 miles are dry, not even halfway to the switchbacks. And idiots rode through mud
      Aug 21, 2021 @ 7:02pm
      Aug 21, 2021
      So tacky after all that rain! Ridiculousness. Good size black bear.
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 1:31pm
      Aug 16, 2021
      E-bikes are considered motorized per the Custer Gallatin Forest website, if you see someone say something. Lots of Yellowstone Club folks with...
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 10:09am
      Aug 16, 2021
      Stop riding through the mud you idiots! I did a little drainage work but it’s a spring so needs a bridge I think.
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      masonskis (Aug 16, 2021 at 13:32)
       No ebikes!!!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      MT-HRO (Aug 28, 2021 at 18:13)
       Steady flow of e-bikes from the YC
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