Bangtail Divide - IMBA Epic

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Trail

25.0 Miles 40.2 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

3,611' 1,101 m

Ascent

-3,309' -1,009 m

Descent

7,923' 2,415 m

High

5,479' 1,670 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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Close-to-town access to an intermediate but lengthy ride featuring views of multiple mountain ranges

Sam Haraldson

Overview

Built in 2003, the Bangtail Divide Trail (BDT) quickly became the local go-to trail for those looking for a long ride without a long drive. The BDT offers easy access to a ridgeline traverse with stellar views of multiple mountain ranges, fields of wildflowers and well-crafted singletrack sections guaranteed to satisfy.

Highlights include: switchbacks, ridgetop singletrack, and flowing downhill.

Need To Know

There is little to no water on this route so plan accordingly.

Description

Either set up a car shuttle or start with 7 miles of road riding south down Bridger Canyon Rd.

Once you hit dirt, expect to climb, climb, climb. Rigorous switchbacks take you to the top of the divide where the climb becomes more gradual and you are treated to views of the Bridgers, Crazies, Absarokas, Beartooths, Gallatins, Madisons, and Tobacco Roots.

The divide section is through vast open prairies and short sections of shaded trees. The last section of the trail is the fun begins. First, a lengthy flowing section off the divide as you leave the top of the range proper, then one last climb to the top of Grassy Mountain, followed by the sweeping, curving downhill of the Grassy Mountain trail to finish.

History & Background

The trail was built by crews led by Terry Johnson, a local trail building legend, who was ahead of the sustainable, bike-friendly building curve by delivering backcountry grade reversals, rideable switchbacks and flowing lines long before these techniques were popularized.

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Sep 17, 2016
William Sherman
Sep 10, 2016
Steve Chaput
Sep 7, 2016
Doug Dornelles
We had limited time, so did the first 5.4 miles as a there and back. Steep! 10mi — 1h 30m
Aug 26, 2016
Todd Helgeson
Amazing trail. Pretty much all good single track, which seems rare for a 25 mile ride. 25mi
Aug 6, 2016
Dylan Graves
I rode S to N this time and it seemed a lot harder than doing it N to S, but maybe that's just me. The last 7 road miles back to my car were rough. — 4h 30m
Oct 10, 2014
Steve Leoniak
31mi — 4h 00m
Jun 29, 2014
Blake Bjornson
Sep 24, 2011
Sam Haraldson
32.1mi

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Janek Slomsk It was very easy to ride. I dont think we had a map or a GPS. Sep 1, 2015


I've only ridden from the end point up the the top of grassy mtn (around mile 20.7 on here), but that ride was amazing. The views are so awesome you dont notice the elevation gain, much. the trail has a few sharp turns and can get pretty slick, so dont push it to 11 on the way down. Also depending on the time of year, dirtbikes are allowed on the trail. They're really good about not tearing it up, but just keep that in mind if youre hauling ass downhill. Oct 27, 2015


Rode it today for the first time following the route described here and it's in great shape. Some loose rock on the first climb and last descent, but excellent smooth, flowy singletrack in the middle, along with great views. Note for first-time riders - after about 10 miles you come out on a double-track and there are some offshoots and it's not well marked. I stayed on the double-track for about a mile until you go over a cattle guard, then you want the first left singletrack and it's marked 504. There are some offshoots earlier with the same 504 marking that may parallel the double-track, but I didn't take those. Jul 31, 2016


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