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Bitter Creek Trail System

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alt Names

Virginia Peak, Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone District, Crazy Mountains, Bear Mountain, Scab Rock Mountain, Goat Mountain, Davey Butte, Shields River Campground, Lodgepole Creek, Smith Creek, Honey Run Trail, Bitter Honey Trail, Lodgepole Trail, Target Rock

Last Known StatusOpen

This new trail system has around 25 miles of single track motorcycle trails that offer views of the surrounding mountains and open meadows. The trails have a short season and are usually open for riding around mid June through October, but call first before heading out as the entrance roads can get very muddy and rough during inclement weather.

Free primitive camping can be found at Shields River Campground. A log cabin is also available and is located across from the campground. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling (877) 444-6777.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityWilsall, MT
AddressSmith Creek Road, Wilsall, MT 59086
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From: Livingston, MT
1) Take I-90 east to Exit 340
2) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp onto US-89, continue about 30 miles
3) Turn right (north-east) onto Shields River Road, continue about 16 miles
4) Turn left (notth) onto Smith Creek Road, continue about 4 miles
5) Veer left at the fork, continue about another mile. Trailhead is on the right.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenJune 16 - October 14
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
Crandall Creek Cabin - $35/night

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoGallatin National Forest - Yellowstone Ranger District
5242 Highway 89 South
Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-1892
mailroom_r1_custer_gallatin@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
fwpgen@mt.gov
stateparks.mt.gov

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6200 to 7500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First AidWilsall, MT
Gasoline GasolineWilsall, MT
Diesel DieselWilsall, MT
Potable Water WaterWilsall, MT
RV Hookups RV HookupWilsall, MT
RV Dump Station RV DisposalWilsall, MT
Primitive Camping CampgroundWilsall, MT
Convenience Store Conv StoreWilsall, MT
Swimming Swim AreaWilsall, MT
Body of Water Water BodyWilsall, MT
Boating Launch Boat RampWilsall, MT
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