4 miles
66 ft
-2,838 ft
Avg time
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Willow Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Hamilton, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
    #13536 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

It doesn't take long to realize that the trails around the Bitterroot were built before the concept of flow; before the goal of sustainability. Most of the trails are difficult if not impossible to climb and the downhills are always rocky, usually steep, and frequently eroded. Despite this the trails reward those who dare.

The trail starts off fairly benign with a few water bars and a fast blast through an open meadow, the bottom of which tends to be muddy. Back into the trees the trail slowly gets steeper the rocks bigger and signs of erosion more evident.

The trail briefly breaks out of the forest to reveal the Palisade cliffs and the scree that you need to switchback through. Take a break and let your forearms and brakes cool down. Cross the stream and enjoy the next few switchbacks. The trail then tips steeper as you approach the runout, but the rocks remain, although frequently hidden by the undergrowth.

Finally the trail opens up and it's time to let go of the brakes and haul it back to the bottom trailhead.

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More Stats for Willow Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,772 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,290 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,063 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,063 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,290 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,082 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    78 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 22, 2018
Avg: 4.75 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to willow-creek-58275 trailhead (46.294734, -113.858076)
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Willow Creek Trail Reports

Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:49am
Jul 22, 2018
trail cleared 7/21
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Lando406 (Sep 16, 2018 at 18:05)
 This trail is rad! Tech and speed. Don’t take friends whose abilities you’re unsure of—it could be a bad day. But if you can rip, you’ll have a blast! Work out your brake finger...
  • + 0
flag ladyloam (Sep 21, 2018 at 21:31)
 Little slice of BC in the bitterroot! Rocks and steeps and roots!

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