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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Hyalite Creek Trail

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#105 of 265 mountain bike trails in Montana
#7,845 in the world

This is a trip up a beautiful canyon to a very nice alpine lake in a high mountain cirque. There are many falls along the way, but most will require a slight hiking detour to see. Due to a combination of grade, rocks, and maximum popularity with hikers, many believe this trail is best left to the hikers, but it is open to bikes on a shared use schedule. Be sure to check with the USFS to get the current days of the week this trail is bike legal.

First added by John Fisch on Sep 13, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Bozeman, go south on 19th Ave. After it makes a hard 90 degree right, look for Rd 62 to Hyalite Canyon on the left. Follow the road to Hyalite Reservoir, go left across the dam and right around the length of the reservoir and keep following the road south until it ends at the Hyalite Creek trailhead.
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  • John Fisch

    This one is a better hiking trail than biking trail. It is relentlessly steep and rocky and, while I like rocks as much as the next guy, there are two kinds--fun rocks and annoying rocks and this is much of the latter. It can be fun coming down, but it is one of the most popular hiking trails in all of Montana, so there will be lots of dismounts for hikers as well as rocks, and bikes are forbidden on the last stretch to the lake. The canyon is gorgeous and can be worth the trip either on foot or on knobbies if you're so inclined, but bikes are excluded on certain days so you need to check the latest shared use schedule before you go if you intend to ride.

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