A relatively new trail to the area, the Baingtail Divide trail was completed in 2003. The trail spans from the Brackett Creek Trailhead to Stone Creek for a total of approximately 23.8 miles. The trail is well built and hardly technical, but due to the length, is considered an intermediate trail.
Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable, just put your steed into low gear, switch off , and enjoy the climb. This trail is in my books technically easy, but it is a long ride and a long walk out if anything goes wrong, so go well prepared. I did this trail as a P2P (point 2 point) starting at Stone Creek and finishing at Bracket Creek, however this trail can be done from both directions.
Oooohhh yes!! this trail is what mountain biking is about, not too strenuous, 23 miles of sweet singletrack through stunning scenery. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it came with the smell of fresh pine and 1000′s of wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed.. Dont open up too much, cos there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops that you definitely dont want to hit going too fast.. If this trail doesnt put a smile on your chops, then nothing will!
All in all, the Bangtail Divide Trail is a definite Must Ride Trail.. I did this one in 4 hours 29 min. and I enjoyed every second of both the riding and the scenery.
Traffic on Trail : 5 mountain bikers, one jogger, one hiker
Wild Life : I did not see anything
Scenery : 23 miles of scenery
Other : Take extra fluids, dont forget the bug repellent there are ( were) lots of pesky horseflies.
My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10
From the center of Bozeman take Main St. east to Rouse St. Turn left on Rouse (follow signs to Bridger Bowl Ski Area). Continue North for approximately 12 miles. Turn right on Stone Creek Road (dirt road). Follow road to large parking area where road is gated. Trail takes off the right side of the road just before gate.
Trailhead Parking with no facilities