Gallatin Crest Trail
ElevationAscent: 5,046' 1,538 m
Descent: -3,626' -1,105 m
High: 10,212' 3,113 m
Low: 8,792' 2,680 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Current trail conditions
Popular runs nearby
Sky Rim - West
19.4 mi 31.3 km • Loop • 4,313 ft Ascent 1314.66 m Ascent
Singletrack Gardiner, MT( 6 )
West Fork Mill Creek Loop
25.3 mi 40.7 km • Loop • 4,673 ft Ascent 1424.43 m Ascent
Singletrack Gardiner, MT( 1 )
19.0 mi 30.6 km • Loop • 3,808 ft Ascent 1160.7 m Ascent
Singletrack Mammoth Hot Springs, WY( 6 )
4.3 mi 7.0 km • Out and Back • 1,285 ft Ascent 391.59 m Ascent
Singletrack Mammoth Hot Springs, WY( 16 )
East Fork Mill Creek
22.7 mi 36.5 km • Out and Back • 4,046 ft Ascent 1233.27 m Ascent
Singletrack Livingston, MT( 1 )
7.7 mi 12.3 km • Point to Point • 2,411 ft Ascent 734.89 m Ascent
Singletrack Bozeman, MT( 4 )
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“Epic views of the Gallatin and Paradise valleys from the spine of the "Devil's Backbone."”— samh Haraldson
It is hard work running from the valley floor to the ridge top but once there a runner will find themselves staying up high and drinking in the far-stretching views across Yellowstone, the Absaroka-Beartooths, the Madison Range, the Bridgers, the Crazies, the Tobacco Roots, the Belts, and more.
The intrepid sustainability enthusiast can link up a ride on the Big Sky bus and the use of a bicycle to make for a low carbon footprint trip.
The access trails from the valleys are generally in good shape - some seeing lots of horse traffic. But once on the Ridge a keen eye is required to stay on track. The trail tread comes and goes but with a modicum of attention paid to cairns, cut logs, and trail tread the route is mostly obvious as it meanders along the ridge of the Gallatin Mountains.
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Land Manager: USFS - Gallatin National Forest Office