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Bozeman, Montana

 
Bozeman, Montana

Page Type: Area/Bike Park

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.68268°N / 111.04019°W

Trail Type: Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Steady Grind

Created/Edited: Oct 10, 2007 / Oct 18, 2007

Object ID: 262146

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HELP!!!

As always, I'm low on pictures of the area trails!! If you have any pictures of the area, please attach them to this area so I can use them! Thanks!

Overview

Bozeman, Montana...A.K.A...Heaven! Bozeman has something for everyone, whether you're into mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, hiking, etc., Bozeman is the place to be. The mountains surrounding the area are part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is the largest intact ecosystem in the continental U.S.
 
Bozeman
 

The mountain surrounding Bozeman which are intended to be included in this "area" are the Bangtail, Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges. This area includes Big Sky, Montana. If it ends up being to large of an area, I'll divide it into two.

The mountain biking in this area is superb and turns out some amazing riders. From the altitude to the steep technical climbs, every trail you ride has some sort of challenge to it. Many trails of all types exist in the area and the scenery that you will find on each is absolutely priceless.
 
Ctnwd Cyn meadow
 

The town of Bozeman itself couldn't be a better place to spend a few days while you're cranking out the trails surrounding the town. A tourist town in the summer and a college town in the fall through spring, Bozeman always has something fun going on. Summertime provides plenty of festivals, and when the college scene is going strong, the parties and the bars are sometimes more fun than you can handle!

Interesting Stuff about the area....

Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark party left the first written description of the valley in both 1805 and 1806 during its epic journey. For information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, visit: http://lewisandclark.state.mt.us .

Gold & the Bozeman Trail
When gold was discovered 60 and 80 miles to the west, the rush was on over the new Bozeman Trail, established by John Bozeman, a Georgian also looking for gold. The trail formed the northern spur off of the Oregon Trail. John Bozeman began to lead new settlers over this trail in 1864. It was open for three years until it was closed by the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians who wanted to stop the immigration of new setters into the area.
 
Fall in Gallatin Canyon
Fall in the Gallatin Canyon. Taken near Stormcastle Trailhead - October

Jim Bridger
Jim Bridger came to Bozeman in 1864. A well known frontiersman, Bridger brought the first wagon train through the canyon north of town now known as Bridger Canyon.

Northern Pacific Railroad
In 1883 the Northern Pacific Railway finished its pathway to Bozeman through what is now known as the Bozeman Pass. This route paralleled the Bozeman Trail which is now Interstate 90. The town grew slowly, reaching a population of barely 3,500 by 1900.

Area Races, Rides and Groups

Races


The Bohart Bash
- This is one of the few mountain bike races in the area. The course is challenging, mostly on single tracks, hilly and through the woods. All funds go toward the GAS racing team, a branch of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club. The GAS team is a young, up-and-coming team that is dedicated to community service and promoting cycling at all levels.
 
Grassy mountain
 

Lone Peak's Revenge

Groups


Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club

If you know of any other races or groups, please let me know so I can add them

When to ride

As with any mountainous region, spring and fall can bring in a wide variety of weather from snow to rain or heat. The areas highest level of precipitation is in the spring and first couple weeks of summer. You can get on the trails in mid-June, but at least 50% of the trails will still be muddy...or even snowy depending on the previous winter. Your best and safest bet (specially if you're travelling to the area) is from July to September. October is usually rideable as well, but you start running the risk of rain and/or snowfall...or just plain cold weather.

Temperature highs will vary from an average of about 63F in May to about 84F in July and back down to 58F in October. Lows for each of these months average about 37F, 49F, and 29F respectively.

If you're going for an evening ride, you'll want to leave early enough as to not get stuck in the dark! Sunsets are as follows:

May: 2049
June: 2116
July: 2111
August: 2032
September: 1936
October: 1839

Places for a good post-ride beer!!

This is always my favorite section to write!

Bozeman Brewing Company
504 N Broadway Ave
Bozeman, MT
(406) 585-9142
Get Directions
Big Hole Brewing Company
401 East Main Street
Belgrade, MT
(406) 388-7953
Get Directions
Madison River Brewing Company
20900 Frontage Rd
Belgrade, MT
(406) 388-0322
Get Directions
Spanish Peaks Brewing Company
14 North Church
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 585-2296
Get Directions
Montana Ale Works
601 East Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-7700
Get Directions
If I’ve left any out,
please let me know and
I’ll add them in here!

Where to Eat

Links to Google Maps for directions is in the works

MacKenzie River Pizza Company
232 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406)587-0055
Directions
Montana Ale Works
611 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-7700
Directions>
The Pickle Barrel
209 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 582-0020
Directions
The Garage
451 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 585-8558
Directions
La Parilla
1533 W Babcock St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 582-9511
Directions
McDonalds
Just kidding!!!
Let me know if you have
any favorites and I'll add them!

Local Bike Shops

Links to Google Map for directions is in the works

Bangtail Bicycle Shop
508 W Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-4905
Directions
Summit Bike & Ski
26 S Grand Ave
Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-1064
Directions
Round House Ski & Sports Center
1422 W Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-1258
Directions
Chalet Sports
108 W Main St
Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-4595
Directions

External Links

Gallatin National Forest
Visit Montana Website
Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University...Go Bobcats!!
Bozeman Daily Chronicle Calendar of Events

Images

BozemanGrassy mountainGallatin CrestCurly Lake loopGrassy mountainCtnwd Cyn bench cutCurly lake
Bridger Ridgemore Gallatin CrestBangtailCurly Lake loopCtnwd Cyn meadowCottonwood Rd. (south of town)Ctnwd Cyn - sign