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    Looking for the best mountain biking in Montana? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Montana. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top Mountain Biking Spots in and near Montana

    • Saltese, Montana

      Ride the Route of the Hiawatha

      4.7
      15 mi / 1000 ft gain
      Located on the Idaho Montana border, this highly popular "rails to trails" mountain bike trail was modified from the Milwaukee Railroad route through the Bitterroot Mountains. This trail contains 10 tunnels and 7 trestles throughout 15 miles of beautiful mountain views.Riders have the option to s...
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    • Gallatin Gateway, Montana

      Hike to Emerald and Heather Lake

      5.0
      10.9 mi / 2000 ft gain
      Once in Bozeman, Take 19th Ave. south to Hyalite Canyon Rd. Turn left and continue past Hyalite Reservoir; when the road splits, take the left fork toward Palisade Falls. Continue past Palisade Falls to the end of the road. The trailhead is immediately ahead of you. This hike is around 11 miles t...
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    • Terry Badlands, Montana

      Exploring Terry Badlands

      5.0
      Terry, Montana is a quaint little Southeastern Montana town of about 600 with great food and friendly people. Just 20 minutes down the road you'll find yourself on top of a bluff in the "Terry Badlands" with endless views in every direction. To get there leave Terry heading north on Highway 253 ...
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    • Billings, Montana

      Explore The Rimrocks

      5.0
      The Rimrocks (also known as the "Rims") are geological rimrock sandstone formations that outcrop in Billings, Montana. Eighty million years ago the Billings metro area was the shore of the Western Interior Seaway, a sea that went from the present-day Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic North. Sediment a...
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    • West Glacier, Montana

      Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

      5.0
      50.65 mi / 5036 ft gain
      Every Spring (May - June) Going-to-the-Sun road remains closed to cars long after the snow has been plowed and melted. However, just past the Lake McDonald Lodge a sign declares the road open to Hikers and Bikers, providing one of Montana's best adventures.  Follow Going-to-the-Sun Road in from ...
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    • Livingston, Montana

      Climbing Alpine Ice at Emerald Lake

      From the East Fork parking lot in Hyalite Canyon hike 4 miles gaining an easy 1,500 feet to Emerald Lake. Surrounded by mountains, Emerald Lake is a beautiful destination in itself. If you are looking for climbing, pick one of the many lines around.My partner and I decided to pick off one of the ...
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    • Helena, Montana

      Four Wheel Drive and then Hike to Historic Mann Gulch

      2.4 mi / 1535 ft gain
      In 1949, a fire started in a remote area of the Gates of the Mountains wilderness, a gulch east of the Upper Missouri River. Fifteen smokejumpers were dropped in to fight it. Thirteen died. The United States Forest Service drew lessons from the tragedy of the Mann Gulch fire by designing new trai...
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    • Missoula, Montana

      Blue Mountain Lookout Deadman Ridge Trail

      5.0
      4.79 mi / 840 ft gain
      Blue Mountain Lookout Deadman Ridge Trail in Missoula, Montana is a moderately challenging hiking trail. The trail spans approximately 4.79 miles, offering a round-trip hike that takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail is marked by a steady incline, with an elevation gain of 840 feet. T...
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    • Helena, Montana

      Continental Divide Trail: MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass

      5.0
      10.8 mi / 2500 ft gain
      The CDT trail is a popular trail with thru-hikers, and is considered one of the three Crown Jewels. The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail being the other two.  This section of the Continental Divide Trail starts 25-minutes to the West of Helena just off Highway 12 at the CDNST Trailhe...
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    • Great Falls, Montana

      North Shore Rivers Edge Trail East

      6.9 mi / 700 ft gain
      The North Shore Rivers Edge Trail East is a moderate trail that has been created mostly by the local biking associations. The trail follows the bluffs on the edge of the river with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting.  To access the East section of the North Shore Rivers Edge trail,...
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    • Helena, Montana

      Prospect Shaft Trail

      2.4 mi / 800 ft gain
      The Prospect Shaft Trail is a lightly used trail used to reach the summit of Mt Helena. The trail is rated as a 'moderate' trail due to its steep, loose, rocky surface. Due to these characteristics, it's rarely used for mountain biking and primarily used for hiking and trail running.  The views a...
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    • Great Falls, Montana

      Hike or Bike the South Shore River's Edge Trail

      10 mi / 975 ft gain
      The South Shore River's Edge Trail runs along the Missouri River. The trail is rated as moderate and is perfect for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It's an out-and-back, so you can go as far as you like. To start, park at the South Shore Trail Trailhead (click the Get Directions link ...
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    • Helena, Montana

      Mount Ascension

      3 mi / 950 ft gain
      Mount Ascension is a popular trail in Helena. It's used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It can be accessed year-round, but can get icy and slippery during the winter.  The path for Mount Ascension is a network of trails that that can be done as an out-and-back, or a lollipop trail...
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    • Helena, Montana

      1906 Trail

      3 mi / 1000 ft gain
      Located just outside of Helena, the 1906 Trail starts at the Mt Helena Parking Lot. The path is wide enough to share with hikers, trail runners, or mountain bikers. Note: this is an uphill-only trail for mountain biking. It's a very popular trail due to its wide trail and awesome views from the t...
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    • Kalispell, Montana

      Western Larch and Cliff Trail Loop

      2.77 mi / 656 ft gain
      Western Larch and Cliff Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Kalispell, Montana.
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    • Butte, Montana

      Hike Maud S. Canyon Loop

      4 mi / 994 ft gain
      Maud S is a great moderately traveled trail that weaves you through dry grassland, forests, and provides you with beautiful mountain views totaling 994 ft of elevation gain. You will find people hiking, running hills, mountain biking, and walking their dogs on this trail. After completing the ste...
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