New World Gulch (NWG) - TRAIL

New World Gulch (NWG) - Trail, Bozeman, Montana

Head up the road from trail head for about 5 miles climbing most of the way. Take a left onto a single track before the first bridge. The single track climbs what is known to locals as the wall of death. It's not half as hard as it sounds, but a bad fall could send you tumbling down a steep face into a river. There are lots of rocks, roots and hard climbing. At the top you will be able to see Mystic Lake. The trail forks, go straight ahead on a sandy single track. The trail is around the Lake. There is one part that it seems like the trail dissapeers in a bog go across the bog and follow the tree tine towards the lake you should see the single track heading up hill. Ride until the sign for New World Gulch. Here the trail become unridable?? Just walk your bike up the hill. Once you get to the top step in and enjoy a (Crazy) single track ride down. The top is very rocky and very difficult, I often end up walking sections. After the rocky section it opens up in a meadow that is nice cruiser single track. It then follows a stream down a STEEP sections with several small drops (completely ridable, just keep your brakes on your rims and your butt on your tire). Then it CLIMBS to another section just like the last STEEP part. After the steeps it opens up and has good slope and is a great singletrack. You end up on Bear Canyon road about 8-10 miles from Bozeman. Take a left to Kagy the take a left on Kagy and ride back to Bozeman

User Reviews (6)

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coldsmoke   Racer [Feb 09, 2007]

DO NOT RIDE THIS TRAIL UNTIL THINGS DRY OUT. JULY.

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3
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4
jparker164   Cross Country Rider [May 10, 2004]

Excelent trail if you like dodging rocks and fast singletrack. The last mile or two is exceptionally good.

Customer Service

Same as above, or make a loop from the bear canyon parking lot, up bear canyon trail, past bear lake and up the steep climb to the top. I prefer this ride, it doesn't involve as much pavement or riding back into bozeman from bear canyon into the ever-present headwind. It is a 5 climb too.

Similar Products Used: Sypes, Leverich, Emerald Lake, Truman Gulch
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4
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4
Mike   [Feb 16, 2000]

Sweet downhill, fun Wall of Death climb. I've never seen another bike on the down hill, ever. Too much pavement, often wet. Only good 2-3 months a year. July - August and maybe September.

Customer Service

same as above

Similar Products Used: Mystic Lake
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4
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alan   [Mar 21, 2000]

I don't see what is so great about this trail. The loop described above makes a great ride but with so many sweet singletrack downhills in the area (try heather lake, hyalite peak, leverich, sypes, truman, etc (all much faster, creamier, funner)) save this one for last. Maybe the huge rocks, ruts and mud would be fun on a DH bike but with only 3 in of travel it beat the shit out of me. A worthy ride but only because of the scenery.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used: Leverich, Sypes canyon, Truman gulch, Heather lake, Hyalite peak, Grassy mtn, Stone Creek.
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2
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Frank   [Aug 18, 2000]

I don't know what these guys are talking about My buddy and I would race on hardtails from the top rim to Bear Canyon dodging rocks or hopping over them. I now have full suspension and can't wait to try it.

Trail is optimum from mid-july through sept. after sept the f@#$$ng horses have the trail destroyed on the gulch side. MY opinion is that horses do much more damage than bikes or motorcycles, and you get shit all over your rig.

Customer Service

from sourdough to bear canyon

Similar Products Used: Same as the other reviews.
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5
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Kail Marks   [Nov 02, 2000]

It's a fairly long climb to Mystic lake. I think it's about 5 miles if you ride up the "wall of death" singletrack. You'll be significantly tired by the time you get to the lake, and there is more climbing yet. One of my favorite parts on this ride is about one mile past the lake. It involves a flat section which is an extremely technical rock garden. Since it's flat, you don't have much speed, and it's a good challenge to ride across the rock garden without dabbing. Then, after the rock garden, you begin a gnarly decent pretty much all the way to Bear Canyon. I would recommend riding the longest travel fork/ full suspension bike that you can possibly pedal up to Mystic Lake. You'll be all smiles on the way down NWG. Also, use your junk wheels (they will take a lot of abuse) and the biggest tires you can find. I wouldn't use tires any narrower than 2.1". I would recommend this ride only to advanced riders. If high speeds, rock dropoffs, and extremely technical rock gardens are your thing, this is the trail for you. P.S. - New World Gulch is ALWAYS muddy!

Customer Service

I recommend the same route as the above entries, but to save time, I would shuttle to the Bozeman creek trailhead and leave another vehicle at the bottom of the New World Gulch trail head.

Similar Products Used: In addition to riding down NWG, simply ride back down the "wall of death" single track. It's not really that bad. It's about 15 minutes of technical, fast singletrack that you'll enjoy for sure. I would recommend this to experienced riders only.
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5
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