2.5 miles
Distance
559 ft
Climb
-28 ft
Descent
00:51:53
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

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
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July-September
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #85467 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #39084 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    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.

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More Stats for South Cottonwood (Upper) multi-use 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
    00:51:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:03
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on Sep 27, 2022
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Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Variable
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      South Cottonwood... Trail Reports

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      Sep 27, 2022 @ 1:45pm
      Sep 27, 2022
      Still tons of trees down, passable none the less
      Aug 14, 2022 @ 9:27am
      Aug 14, 2022
      25 ct down trees from fox creek to Blackmore. Needs work.
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 5:41am
      Jul 25, 2022
      Large trees down across trail. This trail (East Branch) and South Cottonwood (Upper) had a total of 42 trees across the trail. I cleared six by...
      Oct 2, 2021 @ 11:57am
      Oct 2, 2021
      4-5 trees down all within ~.75 miles of Fox Creek junction
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 9:31am
      Jun 20, 2021
      reporter
      SWMMBA saw teams cleared Blackmore to South Cottonwood 6/20/21. A large debris pile from spring of 2020 still remains halfway through this section...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 9 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 55 rides
      • Last: Sep 2, 2022

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      Trail Lists

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      wolftwenty1 (Oct 3, 2021 at 19:42)
      As noted, it’s more of a connector. The guy talking about the climb being brutal up Blackmore. It for sure is…but that’s technically a different trail Smile
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      tlilly (Sep 27, 2021 at 6:51)
      Beautiful backcountry trail. Much thanks for SWMBA for cutting out the trees each year. This trail deserves the love. Technical, but a ton of fun descending from Blackmore.

      Fall colors were stunning in late September.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:51)
      Edit last comment, Storm Castle RIDGE not Divide
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      masonskis (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:47)
      Lame trail on it’s own, but must be endured if looping Blackmore/South Cottonwood or Wheeler/Storm Castle Divide
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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]
      • + 0
      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
      benstill1 (Jul 10, 2020 at 21:57)
      Pretty hard to navigate the huge avalanche slide debris. 7/10/2020
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