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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +3,177/ -3,205 ft
Total: 18 riders

Mountain Biking CDT: Highland

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#51 of 265 mountain bike trails in Montana
#3,818 in the world

This is a new addition to the Continental Divide Trail. Go through the gate to the west with the CDT sign. There are a couple pieces of doubletrack--take the one with another CDT sign. As you reach the top of the first climb, look for singletrack to the right with yet another CDT sign heading into the woods. This is where the fun starts. for the next 7 miles, you can have a great time on well-designed, flowy, roller coaster singletrack. You're in dense woods most of the time, so you don't always have CDT-type views, but what's under your knobbies is mostly sweet. As of 2007, much of the trail is new, so there are some soft, sandy, difficult sections, but they should become packed over time, making the whole trail superb.

First added by John Fisch on Oct 15, 2007. 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
Head South from Butte on Highway 2. Just before the road begins ascending to Pipestone Pass, look for the right fork which is Roosevelt Road. Follow Roosevelt Road until you come to another fork, but this time, continue straight (you will remain on Roosevelt if you go right, goining straight puts you in Moose Creek Road). At this point, the road turns from pavement to gravel. Continue to the top of the divide (after a few false summits) and look for a large pullout with a Highland sign on the right. If you emerge from the forest and begin descending into an unobstructed view, you've gone too far.
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  • Bryan McConnaha

    Great section, best to shuttle to the top and have someone get you at homestake or blacktail trailhead. there is some decent flow sections, and there are some fun rocks to hop. love the short steep downs and ups that make up lots of the CDT near Butte. highly recommend to cross hwy 2 and go to the beaver pond jct and descend into blacktail trailhead.

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  • abighoohaw

    I rode this trail the day after a heavy down pour and the grail was dry. I only rode 3miles due to the number of trees crossing the trail. It is early in the season and this trail does not see the use others in the area get so the first small (50 meters) section that is out of the trees is very faint. I believe once the trees are removed from the trail it will be great! You can also hop on the CDT that will take you to pipestone pass trail head by crossing the road to the East, the sign is off the road about 10 yards in the trees.

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  • c_sobin

    This ride had some good scenery, but was far from a good mountain bike ride. It would be good for a new rider. Meanders through the trees most of the ride. No real climbs and no real downhills...it like a nice mellow hike, except I was on my bike. I did not think it was worth the drive out there. I would go straight to the top of the pass and hit the Toll TH.

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  • solobob

    This is a fantastic trail, it is the newest addition to the CDT in the Butte area. It is part of the Butte 100 bike race

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