4 miles
Distance
1,791 ft
Climb
-122 ft
Descent
01:07:15
Avg time
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Wheeler Gulch Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Gallatin Range
    Bozeman, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #15425 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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
    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
    01:07:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:04
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on Oct 21, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Wheeler Gulch Trail Trail Reports

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      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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