Cave Gulch Loop

York, Montana

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Located 25 Miles northeast of Helena on the east side of Canyon Ferry Lake. The Cave Gulch ATV trail offers bikers the most outrageous downhill run in the area: 4.4 miles of banked turns, whoop-de-doos, and gut-bottoming dips on fairly smooth tread. In places alder and maple form a tunnel over the trail, and the scenery- a bit blurry at speed-is spectacular. From start to finish, this loop is always entertaining. The ride up Magpie Gulch makes an easy, pastoral warm-up, and the ridge section of Trail 243 (after 0.5 mile of steep! uphill) offers a hint of what waits in Cave Gulch. Wrap it all up with a burger and beverage at O'Malley's for a great day in the hills. This trail is maintained by a local ATV trail users group, which has worked diligently to preserve access to and from Cave Gulch across several private parcels.
Mountain Biking Helena

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Mountain Biking Helena

by Will Harmon (Falcon Guides)

Located 25 Miles northeast of Helena on the east side of Canyon Ferry Lake. The Cave Gulch ATV trail offers bikers the most outrageous downhill run in the area: 4.4 miles of banked turns, whoop-de-doos, and gut-bottoming dips on fairly smooth tread. In places alder and maple form a tunnel over the trail, and the scenery- a bit blurry at speed-is spectacular. From start to finish, this loop is always entertaining.

The ride up Magpie Gulch makes an easy, pastoral warm-up, and the ridge section of Trail 243 (after 0.5 mile of steep! uphill) offers a hint of what waits in Cave Gulch. Wrap it all up with a burger and beverage at O'Malley's for a great day in the hills. This trail is maintained by a local ATV trail users group, which has worked diligently to preserve access to and from Cave Gulch across several private parcels.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: York
Distance: 17.3
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 3,810 feet
Top Elevation: 6,050 feet
Local Contacts: Helena National Forest 406-449-5201.
Local Maps: Helena National Forest; USGS Canyon Ferry
Driving Directions: Directions to Cave Gulch Loop

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Apr 2018