Mountain to Meadow Route

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Trail

8.1 Miles 13.0 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

694' 211 m

Ascent

-1,915' -584 m

Descent

8,040' 2,451 m

High

6,319' 1,926 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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78 days agoUpdate

The new signature Big Sky area flow trail from the resort base to Meadow Village.

Phil Hess

Overview

Easy smooth climbing from the Big Sky resort base, with a long descent for the payoff, swooping through steep hillside spruce forest, with banked turns and a few sharp switchbacks to keep you on your toes, finishing with a singletrack along the nordic trail system with views of the Middle fork, all the way to Town Center. Watch your braking around the switchbacks which are getting hit hard with lots of traffic.
Family Friendly: This easy trail has a mellow grade and is not technical. It's fun for all levels of rider!

Need To Know

Take the Big Sky shuttle bus, with bike rack, up to the resort base area, or drive a shuttle car. There is a climbing trail to parallel the descent in the planning stages.

Description

From the Big Sky Resort base area, look for signs to Upper South Fork trail, which heads up a gentle access road under the Ramcharger lift. After less than half a mile, turn left, following the signs on a new machine-built gentle climb. The trail tops out across the Bighorn ski run and exits the ski area boundary to start the rollicking, flowy, and grin-inducing descent. Watch your brakes on the switchbacks to prevent further erosion.

Upper South Fork Trail ends on the Middle Fork access road, where you can cross and take a narrow trail down Middle Fork, aka "Poop Shoot," which alternates between singletrack and open nordic trail, with views of the creek and gentle grade all the way. Watch for a left turn, across the creek about half way down, and near the end take a steep short climb and right turn to end on Andesite Road, just above Town Center.

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Sep 7, 2016
Doug Dornelles
Beautiful trail conditions on upper section, heavy breaking bumps on lower 8.1mi
Aug 27, 2016
Todd Helgeson
Nice warmup climb to a fun flowy downhill! 8.1mi — 1h 00m
Aug 10, 2016
jeff flammang
Aug 7, 2016
Paul White
This trail is amazing for family that mt bike.
Jan 19, 2016
Chris Leo
Aug 22, 2015
Christine Baker

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Minor Issues 78 days ago
Dry: Almost 100% dry when I went. There were a few banked corners that had large holes and soft spots.
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update on this trail status: since the resort has opened a new lift access flow trail that enters upper south fork, there is lots of ripping downhill traffic back to the base area (against the starting climb) during hours of lift operation, and i would definitely recommend riding before or after lift hours if you are traveling the full mountain to meadow route. Jul 4, 2016


Great ride. Switchbacks, pump track type terrain, super fun. Not too technical but definitely not a beginners trail. Jul 17, 2016


This is an excellent and fun trail, but be warned, there are some really sharp hairpin turns that you come into fast, if you are to fast and miss the hairpin, you just might be falling down a 500 ft cliff. Most of this ride about 90% is safe and beginner-intermediate riding, but there are small portions that I would highly warn beginners and kids on. If you are taking the family and kids on this ride just give lots of warning for those corners. This has lots of fast and flowy sections, minor bumps and maybe just a few sections you can catch air on. Sep 16, 2016


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