Corbly Gulch

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Photo by Ian Roderer

Length: 5 miles (round-trip to most popular turnaround)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet 

Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, trail running

Crowds: Light to moderate traffic


About
This popular mountain-biking, hiking, and running trail on the west side of the Bridgers has spectacular views of the valley. Corbly has a wider, more comfortable singletrack that travels through forests and meadows. The trail parallels, and crosses, its namesake creek, which flows from the west slope of Sacagawea Peak. If you're biking, you'll encounter some challenging switchbacks that eventually land you in a wide-open meadow, which is the most popular turnaround point. Carry bear spray.

Other Routes
For a longer trek, the "old" trail climbs 4 more miles and 2,500 feet until it reaches "Bridger Divide," which sits just below the saddle between Sacagawea and Hardscrabble peaks. From there, you can or climb up Sac or Hardscrabble, or even drop into Fairy Lake for a swim. 

Seasonal Conditions
Like most Montana mountain trails, Corbly often holds snow well into spring, but dries up quickly when summer hits. Watch out for hunters in the fall. 

Directions
Head up Springhill and turn right on Springhill Community Rd. After a mile or so, you'll reach Corbly Gulch Rd.; turn left. Continue to the posted trailhead access on the left; then park along the road or – if you have a high-clearance vehicle – continue to the trailhead. The access road crosses private property, so be respectful. The road is often impassible in wet or snowy conditions. 

Robert Stone's Corbly Gulch Trail MapRobert Stone's Corbly Gulch Trail Map

 

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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