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Sourdough Creek Trail
Biking - easy-moderate

The first five miles are on a Forest Service road. It’s not for motorized use, and a couple of hills are long enough for good cardio, but it’s still a road. From the “Five Mile Bridge,” riders can continue along the road or opt for singletrack up the “Wall of Death,” a stretch of exposed side-hilling that looks to have high cheese-grader potential, but death? Seems unlikely.

A good trainer, but there’s lots of foot traffic (and XC skiers in winter), so once you’re on the road again, it’s advisable to keep your speed reasonable. Imagine clobbering a golden retriever at speed... The results would be terrible for all parties involved.

If you’re looking to... stretch the distance a whole lot, a trail leaving Mystic Lake ties into Bear Canyon, and a fork off the road below Mystic reaches over into the Hyalite drainage.


Distance:  A 13-mile "lollipop" route

Elevation gain: 1,400 feet

Seasons:  Late-April to October

Trails used:  979, 436

Map of trailhead:

View Sourdough Creek in a larger map

Notes:

Magpie readers have enjoyed the hiking article, "The Bozeman-Livingston Route," where the author uses Sourdough Creek as an access to Livingston, Mont.

 
SHE-BEAR
Date: 22-Oct-2013 Time: 0:00
Closed for repairs until Friday, per Bozeman Chronicle

SHE-BEAR
Date: 19-Oct-2013 Time: 11:00
Bear scat near the trailhead. Be careful out there! Packed snow in sections beyond the outhouse (3 mile mark) at least as far as the bridge.

DSQUARED
Date: 27-Mar-2013 Time: 18:00
Snow is going fast. There are 3 or 4 mud patches the width of the trail in the first 3/4 mile. Classic tracks looked skiable on and off beginning around mile 1. I skated to mile 4 with very little drama. It's definitely skiable with some care and worth the trip at least for a few days.

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