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Mystic Lake

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An intermediate out-and-back with an uphill climb to Mystic Lake and a rewarding downhill cruise.


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20.4

Miles

32.8

KM

5%

Singletrack

6,469' 1,972 m

High

5,279' 1,609 m

Low

1,473' 449 m

Up

1,472' 449 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly The trail is wide with a vault toilet at the parking lot. The stream is not far up from the trailhead and makes for a great spot for kids to stick their toes in.

Overview

An easy-access trail that follows Bozeman Creek along Sourdough Canyon Trail. This trail is an out-and-back, 20-mile trip that provides a more accessible route to Mystic Lake than the more northerly, Mystic Lake route that uses New World Gulch Trail #50.

Need to Know

Take plenty of water as this can be a hot ride in summer.

Description

From the parking lot at Sourdough Canyon Trailhead, follow the Sourdough Canyon Trail for several miles until it continues onto FS Road 979. Follow this Forest Service road for around four miles until it crosses over Bozeman Creek.

From there, you'll continue a steady, uphill climb along a two-lane road until you crest the hill at Mystic Lake.

The reward for the 10-mile climb is a 10-mile downhill cruise. Use caution and watch for other riders on their way up as this is a popular trail.

History & Background

Sourdough Creek provides the city of Bozeman with 40% of their drinking water. Any visitors, especially with dogs, should tread carefully on the Sourdough Canyon Trail and respect all signage.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ben Stevens

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 9 votes

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  4.4 from 9 votes
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Photos

Looking down the Bridger Creek drainage.
Aug 8, 2016 near Bozeman, MT

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Jul 17, 2019
Eric Harrill
20.4mi
Jul 14, 2019
Cael Brockmeyer
20.4mi — 2h 35m
Jul 1, 2019
Jon Corwin
Epic downhill back 21.4mi — 3h 00m
Jul 28, 2018
Imran Chaudry
Jul 10, 2018
Cody Fulleton
Turned around at dark 5mi
Jul 10, 2018
Chris Streufert
20.5mi — 2h 25m
Jun 20, 2018
Sam Stevens
Aug 13, 2017
Conor Delaney
18mi