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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +522/ -532 ft
Total: 4 riders

Mountain Biking Bender Creek

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#62 of 265 mountain bike trails in Montana
#4,844 in the world

Once the singletrack starts, there is another mile of climbing. It's starts out pretty technical, then gets "easier" after the first section. Very rocky is some sections, but it's all climbable.
Just before the three mile mark from the lower parking lot (or one mile from the start of the singletrack) the trail begins the first descent. Enjoy the 1/2 mile descent with plenty of roots and rocks. After that short descent, the trail starts to climb again. This time it's short-ish, punchy climbs with some technical parts but easier than the beginning of the singletrack.
After another 1.5 miles of climbing, you begin your 2.6 mil descent. Plenty of turns, rocks, creek crossings and jumps (if you choose.)
After that rip-roaring descent, you'll come out to a parking lot, turn right and then turn left when you get to the road and ride 1.2 miles back to the lower parking lot.

First added by Jared13 on Jun 10, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 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
From Monarch, take Hughesville road east for 8.5 miles (all gravel). Turn right on the unnamed gravel road and cross the wide, but shallow, creek. Find a parking spot and start riding up the road (you can shuttle if you have the vehicles, 4x4 highly recommended/required.)
The singletrack will be about 2 miles up the fire road. There will be a clearing on both sides, the trail is on the left. There are signs.
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  • Jared13   ✓ supporter

    One of the BEST trails in Montana. The fireroad climb is long, but tolerable, even on a six-inch travel bike.
    The trail is rooty, rocky, and weaves through the trees. Quite flowly on the descents and the singletrack climbs are techy enough to keep your mind off the fact you're climbing but not too techy to make them a pain.
    The trail is fairly empty due to it's remote location but you could run into an ATC or two.
    A definite must-ride trail!

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