Bangtail Divide Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Bangtail Divide Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, MT that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles 1400 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A relatively new trail to the area, the Baingtail Divide trail was completed in 2003. The trail spans from the Brackett Creek Trailhead to Stone Creek for a total of approximately 23.8 miles. The trail is well built and hardly technical, but due to the length, is considered an intermediate trail. My Experience Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable, just put your steed into low gear, switch off , and enjoy the climb. This trail is in my books technically easy, but it is a long ride and a long walk out if anything goes wrong, so go well prepared. I did this trail as a P2P (point 2 point) starting at Stone Creek and finishing at Bracket Creek, however this trail can be done from both directions. Conclusion Oooohhh yes!! this trail is what mountain biking is about, not too strenuous, 23 miles of sweet singletrack through stunning scenery. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it came with the smell of fresh pine and 1000′s of wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed.. Dont open up too much, cos there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops that you definitely dont want to hit going too fast.. If this trail doesnt put a smile on your chops, then nothing will! All in all, the Bangtail Divide Trail is a definite Must Ride Trail.. I did this one in 4 hours 29 min. and I enjoyed every second of both the riding and the scenery. Other Info: Traffic on Trail : 5 mountain bikers, one jogger, one hiker Wild Life : I did not see anything Scenery : 23 miles of scenery Other : Take extra fluids, dont forget the bug repellent there are ( were) lots of pesky horseflies. My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

awesome!

2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

Thrilling! Started at Stone Creek ended at Brackett creek. Very challenging, very scenic.

trail running
2 months ago

Awesome trail run. Very runnable, not too technical. Scenery all along the trail.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Super fun ride, especially going end to end. if you're planning on riding end to end, setup a shuttle or some sort of ride back to the other end of the trail, bridger canyon rd is a lot longer than most would expect.

1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

Great evening ride on dirt bike not super technical but a great ride after work

mountain biking
6 years ago

My Experience
Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable, just put your steed into low gear, switch off , and enjoy the climb. This trail is in my books technically easy, but it is a long ride and a long walk out if anything goes wrong, so go well prepared. I did this trail as a P2P (point 2 point) starting at Stone Creek and finishing at Bracket Creek, however this trail can be done from both directions.



Conclusion
Oooohhh yes!! this trail is what mountain biking is about, not too strenuous, 23 miles of sweet singletrack through stunning scenery. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it came with the smell of fresh pine and 1000′s of wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed.. Dont open up too much, cos there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops that you definitely dont want to hit going too fast.. If this trail doesnt put a smile on your chops, then nothing will!

All in all, the Bangtail Divide Trail is a definite Must Ride Trail.. I did this one in 4 hours 29 min. and I enjoyed every second of both the riding and the scenery.

Other Info:
Traffic on Trail : 5 mountain bikers, one jogger, one hiker

Wild Life : I did not see anything

Scenery : 23 miles of scenery

Other : Take extra fluids, dont forget the bug repellent there are ( were) lots of pesky horseflies.

My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10