Bangtail Divide Trail

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Photo by Ryan Krueger


Length:
24 miles (one-way from Stone Creek)

Duration: 4 to 6 hours (one-way)

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Elevation Gain: 2,247 feet

Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, trail running

Crowds: Moderate


About
This classic Bridger Canyon trail is a must for mountain bikers, hikers, and runners, connecting Stone Creek, Olson Creek, and Brackett Creek. The northern trailhead—also called Grassy Mountain Trail—begins at Brackett Creek, while the southern trailhead begins at Stone Creek. Although the trail is accessible from three different points (Olson being the third), it is best biked south to north to take advantage of the switchback-intensive climb of Stone Creek and the fast flowy descent of Grassy Mountain. Bangtail showcases the best natural features of Montana: lodgepole pines, spruce and fir forests, wildflower meadows, and sweeping views of the Bridger Canyon, Bridger Bowl, Sacagawea Peak, and the Crazy Mountains. Bikers should consider setting up a shuttle vehicle to avoid a long ride on the highway.

Seasonal Conditions
Every summer, the Bangtail Divide 38k run takes over the trail for a day, so check your calendar before heading out. 

Directions
To Stone Creek: Drive up Bridger Canyon for approximately 11 miles, turn right onto Stone Creek Rd., and continue about a mile to the trailhead on the left. 

To Brackett Creek: Drive up Bridger Canyon for approximately 19 miles. About two miles past the entrance to Bridger, the road splits; turn right on Brackett Creek Road and into the trailhead about 100 yards on the right. 

Courtesy of Robert Stone's "Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana"

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

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