“An often overlooked trail in the shadow of the Bridger Ridge.”
— samh Haraldson
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Access to this trail is best from the east side at Fairy Lake, but it can also be accessed from the west (with more elevation gain necessary) from the Corbly Gulch
An alternate to the must-do Bridger Ridge Traverse
is the Bridger Foothills Trail. This National Recreation Trail traverses nearly the entire length of the Bridger Mountain Range and offers runners long views of the Gallatin Valley, The Tobacco Root Mountains, the Madison Range, the Gallatin Range, and the towns of Bozeman and Belgrade.
The Foothills Trail is not for the faint of heart nor for a runner fearing massive elevation gain and loss. The trail follows the myriad of coulees that make up the west side of the Bridger Mountains and the trail goes up and down into each and every single one of them. The trail dips into a little draw only to immediately take you back up and out of it giving you a glimpse just a bit farther down valley.
The long traversing nature of the trail means that it crosses many other trails and most runners will find its primary use is to simply connect two of these together. A popular mountain bike route is to connect the Sypes Canyon
Trail with the College M Trail
via the Foothills Trail. Other options are Corbly Gulch
and Middle Cottonwood
Prepare for a many hour jaunt should you wish to run it in its entirety. Bring plenty of water as the trail is located high enough up that it only touches the tops of a few of the seasonal streams and creeks that run down the west side of the range.