“An intermediate out-and-back with an uphill climb to Mystic Lake and a rewarding downhill cruise.”
— Ben Stevens
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.
Need to Know
Take plenty of water as this can be a hot ride in summer.
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.