8 miles
2,175 ft
-5,081 ft
1 miles
High Point
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  • Riding Area
    Trout Creek
    Trout Creek, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Land Manager
    Kootenai National Forest

This is the South branch of the Trout Creek National Recreation Trail, or trail 774. This section of trail is not for the faint of heart. Start with a steep scree descent off the saddle at Bloom Peak and make it down through the huckleberries to NIntythree Mile Lake. Don't expect to go for a swim here, as it is mostly an elk wallow late in the season. Admire the the views from down in the bowl, flex your braking fingers, and get ready to descend. This next section of trail is a hairy downhill, with switchbacks and (if you aren't careful) tire eating waterbars. This is full on downhill trail that I wouldn't recommend for intermediate riders. Once the grade levels out a bit, the trail isn't any less tricky due to brush encroachment and some well placed river cobble hiding under the leaves. Ride slow and expect the unexpected to appear under your tire. Might also recommend knee/shin pads or pants if you don't want to leave any blood on the shrubs on the side of the trail. A couple sections bench away from the valley bottom and afford some small views. I'd also recommend wearing wool socks as there are 5 or 6 stream crossings that are still pretty chilly on a hot summer day. There are a couple trail intersections that you will run into, but the main part of the 774 runs into a washed out channel where the East Fork joins and ends on FR 214.

For your biking pleasure I would recommend calling the Ranger Station in Trout Creek ahead of time to check the status of the trail (brush, down trees, etc.). I also wouldn't recommend riding up this, unless you want to push your bike for a long ways. Give yourself at least double the time and snacks as what you think it would normally take to do a trail of this descent.

Access Info

From the Stateline Trail 738 or from FR 270 from the Idaho side.

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More Stats for Trout Creek National Recreation Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,908 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,786 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,698 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,790 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,207 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to trout-creek-national-recreation-trail trailhead (47.757760, -115.833350)
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