The best mountain bike riding trails near Ennis, Montana, are in the Beaverhead National Forest and the Big Sky area. When traveling and mountain biking in this area, keep in mind that the weather is unpredictable and to heed the warning signs regarding bears. Be prepared for both. Watch the difficulty ratings and don't overdo it.
Buck Creek Ridge Trail
The Buck Creek Ridge Trail is 20 miles southeast of Ennis and 7 miles south of Big Sky in the Madison Mountain Range. This ride is full of scenic views in all directions. It is also a strenuous and technically difficult 15-mile ride, even though the trail is all two-wheel ATV track. But the workout is worth it, with vistas of Cedar Mountain, Lone Mountain and the Sphinx.
Garnet Mountain Loop Trail
The Garnet Mountain Loop, 29 miles from Ennis and 10 miles north of Big Sky, is a strenuous and technical 13-mile loop through the Gallatin National Forest on a combination of singletrack and ATV two-wheel track. There is 5 miles of logging road incorporated into the trail as well. This trail will take you by Rat Lake and the Garnet Mountain Lookout. A downloadable map of the Garnet Mountain Loop Trail can be found at grizzlyoutfitters.com.
Grizzly Loop Trail
Located 27 miles east of Ennis, the Grizzly Loop is a 10-mile, mostly singletrack trail that has tough climbs as well as fast downhill sections. If you take time to look, there are also scenic views of the nearby Taylor Hilgard peaks. To find the trailhead, park at the Best Western hotel on Highway 191, cross the highway and head south along a singletrack trail along the Gallatin River for 2 miles to the Porcupine trailhead. Follow Porcupine (two-track) for 1 mile, then turn left. This is where the Grizzly Loop begins. A downloadable map of Grizzly Loop can be found at grizzlyoutfitters.com.
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