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Level: Beginner
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +540/499 ft
Total: 24 riders
 

Mountain Biking Homestake To Pipestone Pass

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#15 of 264 mountain bike trails in Montana
#948 in the world

Buttery smooth singletrack with really fun rock features throughout, in a cool bouldery landscape. The trail is ~75% climbing for about 5 miles to the top, where there's a nice view of Butte. Climbs on the way out are intermediate-friendly but a decent workout. From the top, the trail drops down to Pipestone pass, merging with the Beaver Pond trail connector on the way and spitting you out on highway 2 just south of Pipestone pass (not to be confused with the Pipestone BLM trail area to the east). You can ride the whole thing as an out-and-back (19.5 miles) or turn around at the top for a 10 mile ride that's a lot of fun. The climb back up from the Pipestone pass side is pretty stout, so pack a lunch.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the east, take I-90 to the Homestake Pass exit (#233). Turn right to go

across the interstate overpass (trail is on the south side of 90) and continue

straight into parking area surrounded by a steep, rocky hillside on the left. Trail

starts at the entrance to the parking lot, on the left as you enter. It is well signed.
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  • abighoohaw
    *****

    My wife and I rode this trail the day after a heavy down pour and the trail was dry. My wife is a beginner and she loved this trail. You have a nice rolly start on this trail to get warmed up, then a steady do-able climb into a very fun up and down clear path. Super scenery, cool rocks. Excelent ride. If you had two vehicles you could park one at the pipestone or beaver pond trail head.

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  • budru21
    *****

    I loved this trail. It was flowy and smooth, yet long enough for a great ride, complete with a good workout. I started at Maude S Canyon, rode the railroad tracks to Homestake, then took this trail to Pipestone, then road the highway back around to Maude S for a long day in the saddle.

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