Bangtail Divide Trail

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Photo by Ryan Krueger


Length: 12 miles (one-way to or from Brackett Creek and Stone Creek)

Duration: 3 to 5 hours (one-way)

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Elevation Gain: 2,569 

Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, trail running

Crowds: Light traffic

East of Bridger Bowl, Bangtail Divide is a must for mountain bikers, but hikers and runners hit the trail, too. The single-track has a long and steady up-hill climb that is rewarded with flowing downhill. And though the trail has several switchbacks, it's not very technical. Bikers and hikers get to experience a variety of southwest Montana's best scenery: lodgepole pines, spruce, and fir forests; wide-open wildflower meadows; sweeping views of the valley; and views of Bridger, Sacagawea Peak, and the Crazy Mountains. During the downhill, switchbacks pop up out of nowhere, and non-bikers need looking out for. Set up a shuttle vehicle to go back and forth between Brackett Creek and Stone Creek. 

Seasonal Conditions
Every summer, the Bangtail Divide 38K takes over the trail for a day, so check your calendar before heading out. 

To Brackett Creek Trailhead: Head north on N. Rouse Ave. as it becomes Bridger Canyon Dr., and drive up Bridger Canyon for approximately 19 miles. Between mile markers 18 and 19—2 miles past the entrance to Bridger—turn right on Brackett Creek Road. The trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. 

To Stone Creek Trailhead: Head north on N. Rouse Ave. as it becomes Bridger Canyon Dr., and drive up Bridger Canyon for 12 miles. Turn right onto Stone Creek Rd. just past the Lazy J Ranch, and continue 1.2 miles to the trailhead on the left. 

Courtesy of Robert Stone's "Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana"

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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