All the trails are excellent and utilized by all three user groups. On any day, you may see one user group all three or none. Solitude at its finest.
Trail systems are maintained by USFS and the local IMBA affiliated club SCGMBA (Sundance Chain Gang Mtn Bike Association) also a nonprofit. A killer selection of trails would be the one used for the Bearlodge Mtn Classic.
The majority of these trails are fantastic. If there not fantastic, they are among other things different. The trails in the Bearlodge National Forest vary from scrub sage to aspen meadows with pine and oaks interspersed, all trails have great views. During certain times of the year, the trails are different, depending on moisture, growth and weather. We have limited usage by trail users; however you will often find equestrians on the Sundance Trail head side. Hikers are few and far between if those present usually are in the Carson Draw trail system. If this was a stacked loop system of trails we will venture to say that Carson Draw trails are easy trails mostly two track road and cross-country trials with a wide path, great for a group ride or talking with your friends. More difficult trails include the Edge, Ogden Creek, and Tent Canyon Ridge trail in the mix. The more advanced or very difficult trials are Sheepnose, South Fork, Ogden Ridge, and Tent Canyon trail. This is attributed to route finding, descent, narrowness, and exposures.
So to say the farther from town you get the more difficult the system gets. We have our favorites, and therefore we use them for the Bearlodge Mtn Classic. We volunteer our time to maintain what we have, and we would like to eliminate some junctions that crosses Forest Service roads. Nothing like all singletrack... Though given there is very little fire road... Sandpit and part of Ogden Creek is road... Again very limited roads... There are many deer and cattle trails, and you must be vigilant, to know where you’re going, this is a great trail system and we enjoy riding with groups and solo. It is definitely worth your while to come ride...