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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +372/405 ft
Total: 40 riders
 

Mountain Biking Beaver Ponds

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#9 of 264 mountain bike trails in Montana
#865 in the world

Start by climbing just over a mile on the highway to a trailhead on the left. This is a seriously sweet piece of singletrack. The initial climb is brutal, but once on top, it turns into a very entertaining ride. Threre's some flowy singletrack followed by a beautiful descent. You will have to cross some marshy land that will drive a dismount or some heavy duty mud. After you cross the meadow for the last time, the final descent back to the car is superb.

First added by John Fisch on Oct 8, 2007. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take highway 2 south from Butte. Stop at the pullout about a mile before the summit of Pipestone Pass. You will be able spot it as it's just before a switchback right and there's a strange white adobe-looking planter thing.
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  • zachi-chan
    ****

    The trail starts off pretty brutal, with a good 2 miles of steep uphill. a few spots i had to get off my bike and couldnt get started again. I rode this trail the first weekend of october with some spots of snow on the trail. the trail wasnt maintained very well, i came across a few downed trees blocking the trail. once we hit the continental divide trail, the ride back was amazing. next ride, i will start off on the continental divide simply because the uphill will more bearable going backwards on the trail.

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  • abighoohaw
    *****

    I rode this trail the day after a heavy down pour and the trail was dry except for the small streams that cross the trail. The climb from the parking lot is brutal and continues for 2 miles. After that it is a roller coaster blast! Great scenery. This trail joins several others including the CDT and pipestone/homestake. You can ride beaver ponds to pipestone take a right on pipestone and ride to the pipestone trailhead then take pipestone to toll mtn canyon trail ride it to hwy 2 ride up the road back to the trail head or take a right on the CDT and ride to highland mtn cdt trail. Too many options to list

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  • jabautn
    *****

    Awesome! Nice views, GREAT track, and can be ridden fast! I also agree this should be done with the Toll Loop- It makes for a great afternoon ride!

    Did notice that there are a couple of other trails that are being built, or re-directed in that area... have to check them out when I go back... :)* Review edited 9/7/2012

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  • John Fisch   ✓ supporter
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    This is probably the nicest ride in the Butte area. The singletrack is good and the terrain packs a lot of variety into it's relatively short distance. It's not very long, but you can easily combine it with the Toll Canyon trail for a more lengthy outing.

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  • solobob
    *****

    This is one of the best Beginner/intermediate trails in Southwest Montana. A short section of the Beaver Ponds trail is part of the Butte 100.

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