2 miles
Distance
559 ft
Climb
-28 ft
Descent
01:37:45
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of South Cottonwood (Upper) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Northern Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #422
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July-September
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #69914 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

No matter the direction ridden, this trail will provide a true backcountry experience in a spectacular setting. The grade is moderate for the most part but occasional steep pitches and the overall ruggedness of the trail surface contributes to the overall challenge of this ride. The trail sees relatively light use and can be overgrown during the lush mid-summer months but is well marked with rock cairns where indistinct.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for South Cottonwood (Upper) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    534 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,602 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,136 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,602 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,136 ft
  • Grade
    4.1%
  • Grade max
    -11.6%
  • Grade min
    32.3%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    751 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,464 ft
  • Avg time
    01:37:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:28
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Status:
on Jan 2, 2021
Snow Covered
Avg: 5 (1 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Max Vehicle Width
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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
      Directions to south-cottonwood-upper trailhead (45.481590, -111.045870)
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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
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 7:23pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      Same condition as earlier this summer. No maintenance has occurred this year.
      Jul 21, 2020 @ 2:51pm
      Jul 21, 2020
      15 downed trees, and massive avalanche debris. Took us a while to find the trail because of this.
      Jul 21, 2020 @ 2:51pm
      Jul 21, 2020
      15 downed trees along the way. Massive avi debris slowed us down quite a bit and made it difficult to find the yrail.
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 6:35am
      Jul 12, 2020
      Huge amount of avalanche debris at lower part, at creek crossing.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
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      • 21 rides
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag benstill1 (Jul 10, 2020 at 21:57)
       Pretty hard to navigate the huge avalanche slide debris. 7/10/2020
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag RadChilla (Aug 12, 2020 at 18:46)
       Uffda. Even if all the trees were cleared, the ~3 miles up to Blackmore after the last fork are basically unbikeable. Spare yourself the misery.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Zaner3 (Aug 20, 2020 at 8:00)
       Rode up mount Blackmore, definitely some hike a bike on the way up. Rode down to south cottonwood, trail is pretty overgrown countless down trees, and the bad avalanche debris. Wouldn’t recommend unless you want a hard trail with lots of on and off your bike. Beautiful country tho.
      [Reply]

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