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Kathy Pruitt on her Canyon Grail riding in Big Sky Montana – Rob Wessels Photography

Gravel ride Big Sky Montana: Buck Ridge

We were out in Montana to race the Big Mountain Enduro Big Sky. After the race was over we decided to stay a few extra days to check out more of what Big Sky had to offer. We found Buck Ridge on trail forks and checked it out. We wanted to ride for only 2hr and this trail keeps going if you wanted a longer ride. The scenery on this ride was amazing taking us up to 9,500ft above sea level.

Gravel Ride Stats

Check out my strava for all the information about our ride!

Parking

Here is a map to the fire road that will leave you to the trail head. The first few miles of this road is private off the fire road. We decided to drive in to where the private property ened and park off the road there and then ride to the trail head. The road is very rocky but largely in good condition. A standard road car might have some issues on the road at some point but no problem for anything like a Subaru.  

Our ride

Buck ridge Big Sky Montana Gravel ride

Bear County

Canyon Grail

It’s bear county in Big Sky so make sure to do your research about bear safety. I did some research while we were here and found that the effectiveness of bear mace isn’t what I thought it would be. What I found is that it is effective in deterring curious bears but very ineffective at stopping aggressive bears. 

Be proactive in preventing an encounter with a bear:

  • Make noise 
  • Carry a “bear bell”
  • Don’t ride solo

From the research I did there have been few or non recorded bear attacks on groups of more than 2 people.

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