Little Blackfoot Meadows Loop - Mountain Bike near Elliston, Montana
~Usfs 227, Elliston, MT 59728, USA,Elliston,Montana
46.42649778, -112.48541137
9.7 miles S of Elliston, Montana
Address: ~Usfs 227, Elliston, MT 59728, USA
GPS: 46°25'35.4"N 112°29'7.5"W
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State: Montana
Trail Length: 15.00 miles
MTB Difficulty: Intermediate
Trail Type: Loop
MTB Trail Type: Singletrack

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This trail has very high quality singletrack, but that won't be apparent at first. Begin with a ride up the doubletrack on the Little Blackfoot Meadows trail (FST 329). After a while, the doubletrack will turn into singletrack, albeit wide singletrack. There is a bridge across the creek, after which, the singletrack becomes narrower and much sweeter. Eventually, there will be another creek crossing after which the singletrack becomes even better. The climb is gradual, with a few steep bursts, but nothing too tough. The forest is unusually lush by Montana standards and the singletrack is of consistently high quality--mostly firm packed soft dirt and pine needles with few technical obstacles. After a few miles, the trail will fork with 329 continueing right to Little Blackfoot Meadows. If you're not up for a killer climb, go to the meadows and turn around for a very sweet downhill. If you're in for the 15 mile loop with a murderous climb, take the left fork (FST 362 to FST 359). The climb isn't too bad at first but then gets very steep and the surface changes to soft dirt/sand which has been powdered by the equestrians--there will be a couple dismounts as you hit very steep, soft switchbacks. Either the trail has been rerouted or the USGS quad is inaccurate--don't worry; just follow the most obvious route. The trail gets very narrow as it sees little use. Ignore the branches to possible campsites. Eventually, the trail does turn back downhill. Here, it gains a few technical spots with one particularly nasty rock garden that will test your nerve and your suspension. Shortly after the rocks, be on the lookout for the Larabee Gulch trail (FST 359) that Tees off to the left. This will be a relatively flat, baby head infested piece of narrow singletrack for about a mile, then you will begin the descent back to the road--make sure your brakes are in working order as you will lose altitude fast and the trail has some sandy and off-camber spots where you'd rather carry some speed. The singletrack then gets real primo again--enjoy the plummet. The trail will then dead end at the Little Blakfoot River next to FSR 227 a couple miles from where you started. Unfortunately, there's no bridge here--get your feet wet, hit the road and ride back up the hill to your car. Courtesy of Singletracks.com

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
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From Elliston, Montana

  1. Head east on W Main St toward Burns St (276 ft)
  2. Turn right onto Burns St (262 ft)
  3. Turn left onto US-12 E (0.9 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Little Blackfoot River Rd (4.2 mi)
  5. Turn right onto Little Blackfoot River Rd/NF-227-B1
    Continue to follow Little Blackfoot River Rd
    (0.7 mi)
  6. Little Blackfoot River Rd turns slightly left and becomes NF-227 (0.1 mi)
  7. Continue onto Little Blackfoot River Rd (2.6 mi)
  8. Slight right onto Little Blackfoot River Rd/Usfs 227
    Destination will be on the left
    (5.1 mi)
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