“Truman Gulch is a great trail for all kinds of biking. Amazing views and not as many people.”
— Colin Tuttle
Someone came through and rebuilt over half this trail. With a little traffic to pack the trail, this could be a really amazing ride.
The downhiller in me says "Boo, you wimp!" but the XC rider in me is super pumped to go back and ride this.
From the car, you get some nice wide trails in the woods, which narrow down pretty quickly to singletrack. Part of the rebuild is apparent right after leaving the parking lot. Coming down was fast and fun, but watch the edge of the trail, because its still all soft dirt. The trail goes back and forth between singletrack and almost fire road width for a bit, with about 70% being singletrack.
You'll be treated to some rolling, but mostly uphill trails with stream crossings for a mile or so, then it starts to get steeper. If you're on a longer travel bike, keep an eye out for a few little jumps in and on the side of the trail. You'll want to send them on the way down. If you're on a hardtail, hit them anyway, you sissy.
About 1.75 miles in, the trail splits. DO NOT GO LEFT. You'll never forgive yourself and your life will spiral down into dark black nothingness forever. Think: T-Swift's saddest song, but more sadder... :'-( This trail is an overgrown, steep and loose piece of garbage. If it were a person, I would wake up everyday, slap it in the face, then post buzzfeed articles on their facebook page all day. That's how much I hate it.
SO, when you go right, you have a lovely, yet gnarly rocky section. Not sure how this would go on the uphill direction... but going down on a long travel bike was wildly exciting.
Shortly after this, you hit the main section of the trail rebuild.
Bad News: For anyone looking for a freeride or DH section, it is gone.
Good News: For XC/Enduro riders, you have switchbacks (uphill rideable) and really pretty views now.
Switch it back a few times and you'll find yourself at the Bozeman Foothills trail.
If you take a left, you'll have another 1/4-1/2 mile to the top of the trail.
Turn around and rip that shizzz!
Side note: If you keep going after the top, you'll head down some AMAZING singletrack. Really great looking trail. If you still want to get back to the parking lot, you'll have to head down the trail of Teardrops on My Guitar. It might not be so bad going down, but it will be gnar gnar.