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 to high traffic


About
East of Bridger Bowl, Bangtail Divide is a must for mountain bikers, hikers and runners. The 24-mile ride connects Stone Creek, Olson Creek, and Brackett Creek. The northern trailhead—also called Grassy Mountain Trail—begins at Brackett Creek and the southern trailhead begins at Stone Creek. Although the trail is accessible from three different trailheads (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. During the downhill, bikers should proceed with caution. Set up a shuttle vehicle to return from Brackett Creek to Stone Creek. 

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

Directions
To Stone Creek Trailhead: Drive up Bridger Canyon for 11 miles. Turn right onto Stone Creek Rd. just past the Lazy J Ranch, and continue about a mile to the trailhead on the left. 

To Brackett Creek Trailhead: Drive up Bridger Canyon for approximately 19 miles. Between mile markers 18 and 19—2 miles past the entrance to Bridger—turn right on Brackett Creek Road. The trailhead is 100 yards ahead 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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