5.8 miles
Distance
1,032 ft
Climb
-183 ft
Descent
01:22:07
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of South Cottonwood (Lower) Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • 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
    #89876 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2926 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner
    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.

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More Stats for South Cottonwood (Lower) multi-use 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
    01:22:07
  • Avg reverse time
    01:24:42
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Status:
on Aug 30, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)
Your vote: 0

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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      South Cottonwood... Trail Reports

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      Aug 30, 2022 @ 6:21am
      Aug 30, 2022
      Jul 12, 2022 @ 3:28pm
      Jul 12, 2022
      Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:46pm
      Jun 29, 2022
      13 trees removed from the trail. All clear through the history rock junction.
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 4:44pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      Felt like 6 trees down , 2.8m, 2.9m, 4.1m, 4.3m. Hot water on trail at 5.3m in the shade
      Jun 22, 2022 @ 5:12pm
      Jun 22, 2022
      3 trees down, a couple of puddles.
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      • 71 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • 649 rides
      • Last: Oct 20, 2022

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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      dadbod420 (Jun 26, 2022 at 20:02)
      About 6-7 downee trees between bridge 3 and the history rock intersection. Otherwise riding great with a few standing water sections close to the river.
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      • + 0
      masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:44)
      Not that great, no flow. Good connector though for big loops incorporating Wheeler, History, Blackmore, etc etc.
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      Zaner3 (Sep 9, 2020 at 12:11)
      Trails dry, a 2 downs trees.
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