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South Cottonwood Creek Trail
Biking - moderate-advanced

 

(Just to keep you on your toes, please note that Middle Cottonwood and South Cottonwood trailhead listed in this guide are in Bridger Range and Gallatin Range, respectively.) 

South Cottonwood, located in the Gallatins and south of town, is a well traveled trail by several distinct user groups—families, trail runners, mountain bikers, and people with dogs, primarily—because the grade is not overwhelming; there’s plenty of available water and shade, and as an out-and-back, the trail offers lots of mileage and, ultimately, good elevation gain into the upper reaches of the Hyalite formation. This one’s good through much of the warm season, but it’s a standout as a near-town hike on a hot day.

If you're looking for... MORE POWER, you can continue up South Cottonwood past the fork to History Rock and eventually reaching the shoulder of Mount Blackmore, or follow the History Rock trail (#424) up and into the Hyalite drainage.

Distance: 12 miles (out-and-back)

Elevation gain: 600 feet

Seasons: May through October

Trail(s) used: 422

Map of trailhead:

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Notes:
 
SHE-BEAR
Date: 12-Aug-2013 Time: 11:00
It's thimbleberry season. Yum!

DAS KIND
Date: 09-Jun-2013 Time: 13:00
A great trail for ducking under the midday heat—which is more of an issue when you're bringing the dog. By taking breaks at each of the water crossings and resting in the meadow at the last bridge, we had no problem with the out-and-back. (Correction: the dog had no problem; my conditioning still sucks.) Sorry, no images, but the green meadow against the snowy peaks is burned in my mind.

SHE-BEAR
Date: 11-Mar-2013 Time: 12:00
Wear grippers. Although the trail was hardpack with 1/4" of snow, on the uphill stretches it was often icy underneath that thin layer of snow. We saw a moose!!!

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