History Rock to South Cottonwood - Trail, Bozeman, Montana

History Rock to South Cottonwood - Trail, Bozeman, Montana

DESCRIPTION

Directions:

From Bozeman drive South on 19th Street approx. 7 miles. Take the lefthand turn up Hyalite Canyon. Follow this road up approx. 10 miles and make a right hand turn into the History Rock Trailhead. The trail leaves from the parking lot. For a shuttle ride, as described here, we usually leave a car at the junction of 19th Street and Hyalite Canyon Road. If you are solo, you can lock your bike here at the end of the ride and then hitchhike up the canyon to your car.

The History Rock trail almost immediately begins a 3 mile climb out of the parking lot. The first 1/2 mile is a good warmup before it becomes steep and sustained for about 2 miles to a junction. This is all cleanable, but will definetly get your heart pumping. Take a left hand turn at the junction (signed - follow the sign that says Junction w/ S. Cottonwood 2.5 miles). There is about 5-10 more minutes of steep climbing before you reach a meadow with beautiful views of Mt. Blackmore. Take a break and get ready for a rockin' descent. The first 2.5 miles are steep with technical switchbacks and small drops. About 2 miles in there is a left turn to Fox Creek Cabin. Ignore this and stay straight. It is a good challenge to clean this whole section. Once you ride across the bridge, take a right. You are now on S. Cottonwood trail. Look for a couple of log rides 100 yards up on the left. Then there is a fast section of mostly smooth, sweet singletrack until you reach the next bridge. I find the faster I pedal thru this section the more enjoyable it is! After the bridge there is quick climb before about a mile of somewhat more technical riding. When you reach the bottom of the switchbacks and the trail seems to have flattened out, look for the stream on your left. There is a wide, well worn path to it. To the right of the trail here is a fun log/boulder combo. Now there is about 4 miles of great singletrackin' left to go. This section is fast, especially if you don't mind pedaling a bit. You will cross 3 more bridges, after the last one pass thru the cattle gate, close it behind you, and begin an easy 1/4 mile section of uphill. Then there is one last downhill section of wide trail with nice, fast switchbacks before you hit the parking lot. Really watch out for horses, hikers and other bikers in the last couple of miles, especially evenings & weekends. BE COURTEOUS.

Now follow the dirt road for about a mile to the junction with pavement. Take a right at the stop sign. Ride up a short, curving hill then cruise down about another mile until you take a right on 19th Street. Follow this about 1 more mile to your car.

The bike shops do have a map with all of these trails on them, buy it, it is helpful for routefinding.

**(Most of these mileages are my estimates, but they should be pretty close.)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 28, 2011]
zlessley
Weekend Warrior

This is definitely a technical trail. There are a few flowy sections through meadows but mostly steep gnarly switchbacks and steep dropoffs on the sides. The first 3 miles of uphill is pretty intense for those of us who are just getting into the sport or those that just aren't used to cranking up miles of steep switchbacks.

Customer Service

Just follow the signs to cottonwood!

Similar Products Used:

Leverich, Sypes Canyon, Hyalite Lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 12, 2008]
William
Cross Country Rider

This is probably my favorite trail in the area. The climb is steep and aerobic, and the downhill is incredible. A local recreation map describes the section between the ridge and the South Cottonwood junction as "obscene", and rates it as either technical singletrack or portage. I've found that it's all rideable, but extremely rocky and rooty in some places with a few mandatory drops and more high consequence sections. Don't take a beginner on this ride, you'll scare them. On the other hand, if you live for that sort of trail, this is probably the best thing you'll find.

Customer Service

Start at the History rock trailhead, just after a bridge on Hyalite road. The trailhead is on the right. Ride up the trail for a few miles, up some steep switchbacks, and then up to the ridge. From here you can see some of the awesome mountains in the Gallatin range, and almost the entire South Cottonwood drainage. Drop your seat and hold on, the first few miles of downhill are the most technical. No shame in walking some sections, if you're not up to it. After the junction with South Cottonwood, head right (north), and cruise the singletrack down to the South Cottonwood trailhead. Most of the trail after the junction is fairly mellow and fast, with one rocky section close to the river. We usually shuttle from the trailhead back to History Rock, but it's totally reasonable to use only one car.

Similar Products Used:

Garnet Mountain, Emerald Lake, Bangtail Divide.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 12, 2007]
henroid
Cross Country Rider

Get it while it's hot! This trail is in great shape right now. 9/13/07.

Customer Service

See above.

Similar Products Used:

Hyalite Lake
Emerald Lake
Mt. Blackmore
Hood Creek-Wild Horses-Wall of Death-Leverich Canyon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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