Bangtail Divide - IMBA Epic

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  4.1 from 13 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #4 in the Gallatin National Forest area
#13 in MT, #596 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Bozeman,
“Close-to-town access to an intermediate but lengthy ride featuring views of multiple mountain ranges”
Sam Haraldson on May 24, 2013
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25.040.2 milesKilometers 3,611’1,101 m Ascent 7,923’2,415 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
75% Singletrack -3,309’-1,009 m Descent 5,479’1,670 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
4:00 average time for 31.0 miles. Details

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.
Either set up a car shuttle, or start with a 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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PHOTOS of Bangtail Divide - IMBA Epic
  4.5 from 4 votes
The view down Bridger Canyon, toward Bozeman, from the top of the Stone ... (Bozeman, MT)
  3.0 from 5 votes
Overlooking the Bridger Mountain Range to the West (Clyde Park, MT)