Best mountain biking trails in Montana

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Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Montana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of mountain biking trails in Montana
Top trails (164)
#1 - Sypes Canyon
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#2 - Strawberry Lake Trail No. 5
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
The Strawberry Lake Trail is a multiple use trail (Horse, Biker, Hiker) leading to the Alpine #7 north of the Jewel Basin at Strawberry Lake. The hike is strenuous and includes many switchbacks. The Strawberry Lake Trail is a steeper demanding climb with multiple switchbacks ending at Strawberry Lake, which is situated just north of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area. The trail is shared by mountain bikers, horses, and motorized recreation vehicles too.Show more
#3 - Triple Tree Trail
Bozeman, Montana
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#4 - Grotto Falls Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
This dirt, forested trail has great views of cliffs and mountains, is used for walking and biking, and ends at the beautiful Grotto Falls. Accessibility: This trail is dirt and typically at least four feet wide. It is steep, however, with several sections with an estimated 10% grade (at about 0.5 miles, 0.8 miles, and 1.1 miles). The estimated average grade is 5%. This trail may be too steep for some wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users without assistance.Show more
#5 - Emerald Lake and Heather Lake Trail
Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
#6 - Mount Aeneas and Picnic Lakes via #717 and #392 Trails
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
Please note that the road leading to the trailhead can be steep and muddy. 4WD is recommended. Show more
#7 - Basin Lakes Trail No. 61
Custer National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#8 - South Cottonwood Creek Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#9 - Baldy Peak Summit
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
Baldy Mountain is a very popular hiking destination in the Bridger Range north of Bozeman, Montana. A hike to the top takes you through some beautiful forested areas to an exposed ridge above the treeline that provides wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding area. Reaching the summit of Baldy Mountain is a one-way hike of almost 4.5 miles with about 4000 feet of elevation gain. Allow at least five or six hours to complete the trip up and down; it can be done faster, but most people will take significantly longer than that.Show more
#10 - Mount Sentinel via Hellgate Ridgeline
K Williams Natural Trail Area
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
The "M" on the west face of Mount Sentinel has been a Missoula landmark since 1908, when Forestry Club members forged a zigzag trail up the mountain and students carried up stones to shape the symbol of the University of Montana. A hike to the "M" is a favorite Missoula outing for people of all ages. After just a few minutes on the trail, you begin to get a birds'-eye view of the University of Montana. As you gain elevation, the view expands to include all of Missoula, the valley, the Clark Fork River and distant mountains. While the trail is less than a mile long, the hike can be quite strenuous, depending on how quickly you cover this distance. You'll climb a steep, zigzag path with 11 switchbacks and gain 620 feet in elevation. Many local athletes and fitness buffs run the "M" trail as a regular part of their regimen. Most people make the "M" their final destination, but you can continue to climb for about another mile on one of two routes to the top of Mount Sentinel. The view from the top of the mountain is even more exquisite. To the north, across Hellgate Canyon, you'll see Mount Jumbo and the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness. Look for the water lines etched into the slopes of Mount Jumbo by the waters of Glacial Lake Missoula. To the south, you can see the Bitterroot Mountains. From the top of Sentinel, you can retrace your steps to the base of the mountain or follow Crazy Canyon Trail into Pattee Canyon. Hikers and equestrians can also follow the Hellgate Canyon Trail linking Crazy Canyon Trail with the Kim Williams Trail.Show more
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