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blueBlack Mt. Ellis

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Trail

10.8 mile 17.3 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,573' 1,089 m
Descent: -3,573' -1,089 m
High: 8,322' 2,536 m
Low: 5,301' 1,616 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by valleytrash

A somewhat primitive mountain trail southeast of Bozeman.

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Although the trail is somewhat primitive, and you'll have to deal with a steady climb to the top of Mt Ellis, the unique view of the Gallatin Valley from the south make this hike well worth it.

Description

Park at the end of Mt. Ellis lane. The trail begins on the other side of the cattle gate. Start your ascent up a gravel road through an open field to an old logging road that begins as you enter the trees (1 mi). The first three miles along this road climb steadily, but won't be too steep.

After a couple of miles of steady climbing, a singletrack marked by a cairn starts up towards Little Ellis from the right side of the road. Follow the steep fall-line trail to the first prominence (Little Ellis), then continue south on the ridge to the summit of Mt. Ellis. This route provides a unique view of the Gallatin Valley from the south so be sure to take a short break at the top to enjoy the views before heading back down the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

The first couple of miles pass through pasture and rangeland. Watch out for cattle and make sure to close the gates.

Contacts

Land Manager: Montana State Lands

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May 13, 2019
Ryan Parker
muddy but nice elevation change 8.5mi

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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in Bozeman

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in Bozeman

#52

in Montana

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