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Mt. Ellis

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A somewhat primitive mountain trail southeast of Bozeman.


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Map Key

10.8

Miles

17.3

KM

69%

Runnable

8,322' 2,536 m

High

5,301' 1,616 m

Low

3,573' 1,089 m

Up

3,573' 1,089 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Off-leash

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 run well worth it.

Runner Notes

The singletrack portion of the trail is steep in certain sections so watch your footing.

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

Shared By:

valleytrash with improvements by Garrett Lammey

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

#2

in Bozeman

#2994

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  4.2 from 6 votes
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#2

in Bozeman

#73

in Montana

#2,994

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Aug 8, 2021 near Bozeman, MT

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May 23, 2022
Trevor Edie
Great views but snowy and muddy. 7.7mi
May 25, 2021
Corinne Moss
Clear of snow to the top of Little Ellis, about 3.75 up. Wildflowers starting to poke through! 7.5mi — 2h 00m
Jun 27, 2018
Jesse Arroyo
Beautiful wild flowers!!!! 10.8mi
Jun 17, 2017
Mike Gammill
Trail in good condition all the way to Upper Mount Ellis. Only a few patches of snow left near the summit. 11.2mi