I have vowed that this will be the summer my mountain bike and I get put to the test. A friend of mine, who is an avid local trail rider, took me out to Truman Gulch recently for a "quick trip". I might have a ways to go in getting my mountain bike legs under me because I found this to be a grueling ride up. So worth it for the sense of accomplishment and ride down though! Everything you need to know here:

Truman Gulch is just on the west side of the Bridger Range, about 8 miles north of Bozeman. Driving Directions: Head north on Springhill Rd., travel 8.5 miles to Springhill Community Rd. on the right. There will be a sign for Truman Gulch. Turn right and continue for 1.6 miles to Walker Rd. Turn right and drive 1.1 miles to Forswell Rd. on the left. Continue 3 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

I was told that it was 2 miles to the top, but it seriously felt like 4. I was also told that this was an easy ride (I'm in pretty good shape and it kicked my butt). Also keep in mind that this trailhead is multi-use. Keep your head up and look for motorcross bikes, horses and other mountain bikers flying down the trail.

If you're looking for a great workout, a little adventure and beautiful scenery, I highly recommend this mountain bike trip. You'll be rewarded at the top with plenty of sweat and a beautiful view, and a lot of fun getting back to your car! You can pick up some serious speed on the way down. Lower that seat and just keep your eyes peeled for roots and rocks. Enjoy!

Here's the view from the top:

Photo by KMMS