Unravel the Scratchgravel Route
ElevationAscent: 586' 179 m
Descent: -584' -178 m
High: 4,566' 1,392 m
Low: 4,257' 1,298 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A fun route through the Scratch Gravel hills for intermediate and experienced mountain bikers.”— Christine E.
A major advantage of this area is that it is usually the first to dry off in the spring, thus making it a good place to go early on. Dogs are allowed off-leash here as well.
Stop and check out the amazing views of Big Sky Country at the top of the hill, then descend down slightly rocky singletrack. There are a couple of tight turns on this descent, but it's fairly short. After the descent you'll turn left onto doubletrack again. The route is flat for a bit, then there is a wide, but sandy descent, and another cairn indicating it's time to turn right and head uphill again. Keep following the doubletrack until you see a cairn on the left side of the trail. This indicates you should make a left turn onto the singletrack. Follow the rolling (fun!) singletrack until it meets a doubletrack road once again at the top of a small hill. A cairn here indicates that you should turn right and head downhill. You'll now be heading back toward the parking lot. One last cairn is located at a fork in the doubletrack trail. Turn left at that intersection and you'll soon be back where you started.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Helena National Forest Office