4 miles
Distance
1,791 ft
Climb
-122 ft
Descent
00:59:23
Avg time

Wheeler Gulch Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on trail
    Jump
  • 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 mountain 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
    8.622%
  • Grade max
    -32.811%
  • Grade min
    33.535%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,458 ft
  • Distance flat
    76 ft
  • Avg time
    00:59:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:04
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on Sep 6, 2017
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Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Wheeler Gulch Trail Trail Reports

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Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:57am
Sep 6, 2017
Very large tree down across the trail on the second to last switchback from the meadow.
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