South Cottonwood Creek to Fox Creek Ranger Station
ElevationAscent: 978' 298 m
Descent: -977' -298 m
High: 6,611' 2,015 m
Low: 5,756' 1,754 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
Current trail conditions
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“A ride along and through the creek for hot days.”— Drew Kilz
Start at the parking lot trailhead and make your way up the switchbacks and through the woods. The first 2.5 miles to the first junction (with the Wheeler Gulch Trail) is highly used by hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers alike so is best utilized during off-peak times. The singletrack is wide and non-technical for this part.
After the first junction (continue straight to stay on the South Cottonwood Creek Trail), the next 3.5 miles has rocky sections, especially around the 4-4.5-mile mark, but then opens up again to smooth singletrack in and out through the woods and fields of flowers.
After 6 miles of riding, there will be another junction with the History Rock Trail. From here, if you take a left on the Fox Creek Ranger Station Connector, following the signs for the cabin, in about 0.5 mile you can come across a forest service cabin and have lunch and relax for awhile, before turning around and coming back the way you came.
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Land Manager: USFS - Gallatin National Forest Office