Cooke City Snowmobiling
The MOST popular snowmobile trail in Montana.
Tuesday 2 August 2016 03:43 GMT
Southeast of Bozeman and near Cooke City, there are 60 miles of groomed snowmobile trails at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 10,000 feet. There are some challenging hill climbs and plenty of fresh deep powder.
The popular connecting snowmobile trails are Daisy Pass Road, Lulu Pass Road, Round Lake and Henderson Mountain. The Cooke City trail system connects with 50 miles of groomed trails in Wyoming.
1-Miller Trail: Trails begins by Cooke City School on River Road. The trail is steep with several switchbacks. Miller trail intersects Daisy trail approximately 1-1/2 miles from Cooke City.
2-Daisy Trail: Trail leaves Highway 212 1/4 mile east of Cooke City & is the shortest route to the high country. The trail ends below the saddle of Daisy Pass between Crown Butte & Chimney Rock. Caution is advised on steep terrain as avalanche hazards exist.
3-Cut-Across Trail: 1 mile trail connects Daisy trail with Lulu trail.
4-Round Lake Trail: 2 mile trail leaves Lulu trail & travels north towards Round Lake. The route travels through alpine country at high elevations where sudden storms may occur. The groomed trail ends near a US Forest Service Cabin where avalanche probes are located.
5-Henderson Trail: Trail leaves Lulu trail & travels 3/4 mile to the base of Henderson Mountain. Caution is advised on steep terrain as avalanche hazards exist.
6-Rommel Trail: A 1/2 mile loop trail connecting with Lulu trail.
7-Lulu Trail: Trail leaves Highway 212 approximately 1-3/4 miles east of Cooke City & travels the length of the Fisher Creek drainage. Lulu trail is intersected by the Cut-Across, Round Lake, Henderson & Rommel trails. The groomed trail ends at Lulu cabin. Avalanche probes are located at the mine 1/2 mile below Lulu Pass.
8-Soda Butte Trail: This 2-1/2 mile trail follows historic Bannock trail east of Cooke City through the Soda Butte Campground.
9-Bannock Trail: This 3 mile trail follows an historic trail from Cooke City to Silver Gate. Travel with caution as there area several year-round residences nearby many with children. Moose can also be spotted along the trail.
Beartooth Highway 212: This route travels from Cooke City to the Pilot Creek trailhead in Wyoming. Beyond Pilot Creek the route is intermittently groomed to the Top-of-the World area near Beartooth Pass by the Wyoming Snowmobile Association. A $15 permit is required to ride Wyoming's trails & may be purchased at Cooke City Exxon or Cooke City Yamaha.
Overall, Cooke City is the 1st most popular snowmobile trail of all 33 snowmobiling rides in Montana.