Bangtail Divide - IMBA Epic

 16 votes

25.0 Miles 40.2 Kilometers

75%

Singletrack

3,611' 1,101 m

Ascent

-3,309' -1,009 m

Descent

7,923' 2,415 m

High

5,479' 1,670 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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7,923' 2,415 m

High

5,479' 1,670 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Close-to-town access to an intermediate but lengthy ride featuring views of multiple mountain ranges

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Overview

Built in 2003, the Bangtail Divide Trail (BDT) quickly became the local go-to trail for those looking for a long ride without a long drive. The BDT offers easy access to a ridgeline traverse with stellar views of multiple mountain ranges, fields of wildflowers and well-crafted singletrack sections guaranteed to satisfy.

Highlights include: switchbacks, ridgetop singletrack, and flowing downhill.

Need To Know

There is little to no water on this route so plan accordingly.

Description

Either set up a car shuttle or start with 7 miles of road riding south down Bridger Canyon Rd.

Once you hit dirt, expect to climb, climb, climb. Rigorous switchbacks take you to the top of the divide where the climb becomes more gradual and you are treated to views of the Bridgers, Crazies, Absarokas, Beartooths, Gallatins, Madisons, and Tobacco Roots.

The divide section is through vast open prairies and short sections of shaded trees. The last section of the trail is the fun begins. First, a lengthy flowing section off the divide as you leave the top of the range proper, then one last climb to the top of Grassy Mountain, followed by the sweeping, curving downhill of the Grassy Mountain trail to finish.

History & Background

The trail was built by crews led by Terry Johnson, a local trail building legend, who was ahead of the sustainable, bike-friendly building curve by delivering backcountry grade reversals, rideable switchbacks and flowing lines long before these techniques were popularized.

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Sep 17, 2016
William Sherman
Sep 10, 2016
Steve Chaput
Sep 7, 2016
Doug Dornelles
We had limited time, so did the first 5.4 miles as a there and back. Steep! 10mi — 1h 30m
Aug 26, 2016
Todd Helgeson
Amazing trail. Pretty much all good single track, which seems rare for a 25 mile ride. 25mi
Oct 10, 2014
Steve Leoniak
31mi — 4h 00m
Jun 29, 2014
Blake Bjornson
Sep 24, 2011
Sam Haraldson
32.1mi

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