The popular options for riders accessing the Bangtail Divide Trail from Highway 191 involve loop rides from Stone Creek trailhead or Olson Creek Road or Brackett Creek trailhead, with the return loop often on Highway 86.
If, like me, you don’t enjoy riding your mountain bike on a highway with vehicular travel speeds exceeding 70 mph, consider doing an out-and-back from any of the three. Brackett is great as an out-and-back; Stone is a workhorse for climbing and switchbacks; and Olson... well, Olson is primarily a gravel road.
If you’re looking for... something body- and mind-blowing, consider Brackett to Stone or Stone to Brackett. The only thing bigger than the ride is the view of the Crazies, the Bridgers, the Gallatins, and the Absarokas—from one spot.
Distance: Out-and-backs from Brackett Creek or Stone Creek trailheads vary, but the full loop including about 8 miles of Highway 86 riding takes the total over 30 miles.
Elevation gain: 3,200 feet
Seasons: Mid-June to mid-October
Trails used: #504
Map of trailheads:
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