Add this classic Bozeman road route to your must-ride list. Starting downtown at Montana Ale Works, the route winds south, leaving town on a steady uphill grade. After 9 miles, the climbing stiffens as you turn south onto Hyalite Canyon Road, a scenic, two-lane road that parallels the cascading Hyalite Creek. Prepare for a challenging, 10-mile climb up the canyon to Hyalite Reservoir, a fish-filled lake at the foot of the Gallatin Range. (Bring extra layers—you'll feel a noticeable temperature drop as you enter the canyon). Ride across the dam to the end of the paved road and enjoy up-close views of the surrounding peaks.
When you're ready, turn around and begin the exhilarating descent back down Hyalite Canyon to S. 19th Avenue. If you're feeling tired, call it a day and head back to town at the intersection of South 3rd Avenue and Nash Road. Otherwise, return to downtown Bozeman the scenic way—follow Nash Road, Sourdough Road, and Kagy Boulevard to Bozeman Trail Road, a quiet country road with scenic rollers.
Location: 45.485878, -110.979828
Continue straight. Mountain bikers often start their rides at the Blackmore Day Use Area on the right. There's a big paved parking area, boat ramp, picnic tables, and rest rooms (the outhouse variety).
Location: 45.605690, -111.022057
Turn left and head north on Sourdough Road for a fast-paced descent back into town. Use caution and ride single file--the shoulder is narrow here. Hammerheads might be able to keep up with the cars.
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