6 miles
Distance
1,032 ft
Climb
-183 ft
Descent
01:10:30
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of South Cottonwood (Lower) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Northern Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #424
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June-October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #52671 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Mostly a scenic, rolling, wide singletrack that follows South Cottonwood Creek for 6 miles to the Fox Creek Ranger Station. First half of this trail maintains a moderate grade (with a short steep climb out of the parking lot) and would be fine for beginner to intermediate bikers. After about mile 3 the trail becomes more rocky, rooted and steep. This gets worse as you head farther out. While the beginning of the ride is a solid intermediate trail, the later half should be labeled as an expert trail. I'm only rating it as blue so people riding the first part aren't scared off.
Keep in mind there are a few short climbs on the way out so save a little energy. This topography and soils in this drainage hold moisture longer than most trails in the region. Give it plenty of time to dry out and avoid riding when wet.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for South Cottonwood (Lower) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    849 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,746 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,596 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,594 ft
  • Grade
    2.8%
  • Grade max
    -30%
  • Grade min
    37.6%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5,148 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,050 ft
  • Avg time
    01:10:30
  • Avg reverse time
    01:20:07
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Status:
on Jan 2, 2021
Snow Covered
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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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  • > 80%
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Radar Time
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      South Cottonwood... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 2, 2021 @ 9:34am
      Jan 2, 2021
      reporter Closed to bikes. Designated ski trail thru Apr 15
      Oct 14, 2020 @ 10:01pm
      Oct 14, 2020
      Trees cleared to Fox Creek, and towards History Rock
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 6:02pm
      Aug 21, 2020
      Downed tree just after the third creek crossing.
      Aug 12, 2020 @ 10:44pm
      Aug 12, 2020
      Tree that had fallen before forest bridge was removed by volunteers. Trail is clear again.
      Jul 7, 2020 @ 7:52pm
      Jul 7, 2020
      Mountain lion sighting on the trail between 2nd and 3rd bridges.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 89 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • 264 rides
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      Aug 26, 2020 @ 5:36pm
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      Jun 25, 2020 @ 6:44am
      Jun 25, 2020
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      Jun 13, 2020 @ 7:06am
      Jun 13, 2020
      80 |
      Jul 29, 2017 @ 5:54pm
      Jul 29, 2017

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Zaner3 (Sep 9, 2020 at 12:11)
       Trails dry, a 2 downs trees.
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