Bangtail Divide

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4.67 out of 5
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added by jabautn Granny Gear on October 20, 2011
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This trail is best from South to North. It starts out with plenty of switchbacks that will get your lungs and legs warmed up! From there, it levels out with beautiful views and you will continue with classic XC riding wtih ups and downs. There is some more climbing towards the end, but then you have several miles of down, so enjoy!

Be sure to stop and take in the beautiful views.

This ride is intermediate. If you are a strong rider, it should not take more than 4.5 hours with short breaks, and if you like a slower pace or are a beginner, it may take upwards to 6 hours. Start early, as to avoid hot afternoons!

Parts of this trail are multi-use and you may encounter dirt bikes, horses and hikers.
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Luther McLain on July 3, 2014
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Review: The southern half is very nice,but the northern half is severely affected by dirt bikes. Slimy mud holes that are repeated ad nauseam, and chewed up climbs. Compared to any other IMBA Epic in the west, it is not worth doing unless you live nearby. If you don't, then skip it and go to Butte, Sun Valley, or anywhere else non-motorized vehicles aren't part of the experience.

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John Fisch on August 26, 2013
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Review: This is a wonderful epic. It rides great in both directions and everyone has their preference. No matter which way you choose, you will start with a major climb and this is one taxing, long-distance ride overall, especially if you don't have a shuttle and have to close the loop on your own. While it's correctly marked intermediate for technical purposes, it requires advanced fitness, or all day and a lot of patience. Most of the trail is pretty smooth and the toughest technical test will be a few of the tighter switchbacks. If you're not sure you're up to the whole thing, still go give it a whirl; climb until you're tired then simply turn back for a superb downhill. This one is hard to beat for scenery. For much of the climb, you'll have splendid views of the rugged Bridger range and once on top, you'll be able to see the Absarokas, Beartooths, Madison and Gallatin ranges awe well as a few smaller ranges and may gorgeous valleys. Top recommendation for this trail.

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Guest on August 11, 2013
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Review: This is a great trail if you are looking for an all day ride. You should definitely ride stone to stone and be prepared for a slog up for the first 2 hrs. Despite what guide books may say only a god could ride this trail in 2hr 30 min. I'm a 24 local who rides 4-5 days a week and pushing hard the whole way with no breaks I'm hard pressed to do it in under 4 hrs 30min.

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brday10 on September 11, 2012
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Review: Starting at stone creek and climbing like crazy is recommended. This sets you up for some great flowy downhill sections midway through the ride as well as some of my favorite steep, loose, rocky climbs. Scenery is amazing throughout, with views of the north Bridgers, Spanish Peaks, Battle Ridge, and so much more, while pedaling through terrain that ranges from extremely dry and dusty to cool and shaded through thick forest with huge grassy sections in between. The full ride is varied in terrain and technicality, without any extreme downhill.

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harryhoodlum on May 22, 2012
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harryhoodlum on May 22, 2012
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Review: Locals can't come to a consensus on the way to ride this trail. Which means, of course, that it's fun both ways. The trail isn't overly technical, but the length and elevation gain make it difficult... beginners shouldn't attempt it. Intermediate folk will suffer but have fun if all goes well. Reviewer left out important information... this is a shuttle, drop a car off at either end then drive to the other end.

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jabautn on October 20, 2011
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Review: Awesome views, great work out, not super strenous. Starts out a bit rough with the switchbacks and the small bursts of climbing at the end are trying, but it's sooooo nice!

Similar Trail: If you liked the Bangtail Divide trail, but could stand to suffer a little more, try the Curly Highline Trail!

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Bangtail Divide MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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