4 miles
1,791 ft
-122 ft
Avg time
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Wheeler Gulch Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking

This ride starts at the beginning of the Wheeler Gulch trail, which branches off of the South Cottonwood Creek Trail about 2.6 miles from the trailhead and parking area.

If you head up South Cottonwood Creek Trail for about 2.6 miles, you'll see the turn on the right for Wheeler Gulch Trail.

The up and down nature of riding the South Cottonwood Creek Trail changes character on the Wheeler Creek trail, where you'll climb for about 3.8 miles.

The first mile or two is beautiful, smooth trail in the woods. It looks like some people use it for freeride/downhill, so keep an eye up the trail.

After that, you'll hit some rocky switchbacks for what feels like a long way. Enjoy the views, because they are few and far between, but they are breathtaking.

Once you hit the saddle below Wheeler Peak, the trail switches from rough singletrack to a fire road. I think most people stop here, but I felt like I was cheating if I didn't hit the high point of the saddle. To reach the summit, head up the road a little more and take a right. You'll come to a clearing in the woods and BOOM! You made it! While not spectacular, the summit is a satisfying end point.

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More Stats for Wheeler Gulch Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,669 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,986 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,664 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,996 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,664 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,458 ft
  • Distance flat
    76 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 21, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to wheeler-gulch-trail trailhead (45.523920, -111.059359)
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Wheeler Gulch Trail Trail Reports

Oct 21, 2018 @ 12:47pm
Oct 21, 2018
The trail has one downed tree in the beginning. The trail up to the first medow is either very wet with snow on both sides of the trail, or snow...
Aug 22, 2018 @ 8:53am
Aug 22, 2018
There is one downed tree across the trial pretty early on. Other than that the trail is superb. Running fast and a perfect amount of wet from the...
Jun 7, 2018 @ 1:37pm
Jun 7, 2018
I cut out all the trees up to the main meadow where most folks turn around. I'm told there's now just one left, near the top, close to the fire...
Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:21am
Jun 3, 2018
Good conditions but a few trees down. 7 to be exact...bring a saw.
Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:19am
Jun 3, 2018
Good conditions. A few trees to cross....and by a few I mean 7. Bring a bow saw.
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Jul 31, 2018 @ 6:06am
Jul 31, 2018
Wheeler Gulch Trail, My City
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Jul 31, 2018
Wheeler Gulch Trail, My City

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Mountain Biking Bozeman Montana, Wheeler Gulch...
130 | Aug 28, 2017 , Bozeman
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