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Montana Got Stuck on Gallatin National Forest trail 156, Big Timber, MT

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My DRZ-400 had too high of gearing and not a good enough rear tire for me to get out of a ravine. I went off the low side of the trail, had to cut a trail with an E-tool (folding shovel) to get back on the trail. once i did, I went over some large roots trying to find a turn around place, on the way back up the bike did a 360 out from under me and then landed on my foot, and those two falls scared the waste matter out of me. I was too shaken to ride confidently, and even attempting to walk the bike back up the roots failed. I gave up after I halucinated or actually saw a grizzly crest the far ridge. if it was real, it turned around after i yelled and headed away. i packed as much of my gear as i could and hiked out, thank god I was only two miles in. I made it out find and home, but my foot is very swollen and I don't think i can ride it out.

 

1) if you come across a bike on trailhead 156 west of lower deer creek road, do not panic about the rider.

 

2) if you happen to live nearby, I wouldn't mind some help getting it out, as i don't know if park rangers help with that sort of thing.

 

3) anybody else have any helpful info on how to remedy this? i don't have any friends who ride dirt bikes, and my father is too old to ride that rough of a trail.

 

I guess im just feeling embarrassed about the whole thing, and lost on what to do next. I was unable to go back today, too exhausted adn my foot too swollen to really do anything. some friendly forum conversation would be welcome.

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Dang... I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if my bike was sitting in the woods along some trail. I wouldn't count on the forest service for any support. Find a friend and get back in there to get your bike home before someone comes by and thinks "finders - keepers".

CoKTM

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Is your bike still off the trail? If you can't get it back on, use a small ratcheting cable winch to drag it back up (assuming you have a nearby tree to use). Had to do that once. If I lived closer I'd come help, but I'm out in Anaconda. I ride alone a lot too, you have to be careful but sometimes stuff happens.

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I called the forest service. They said "tough luck". Wow. Can't believe that. Ridiculous.

The bike is ON the trail. I can't get it over a couple of really big roots to continue back up the trail. If anyone is nearby, i'll pay your gas. Please help

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I'm a fair piece from you, down in wyoming, but I feel for ya!! The earliest I can be there would be Saturday morning. If you don't have it out by then I will come help you out. I have some other ideas of people you can contact, but will send that in a PM.

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Great! Ive got a possible friend to help out at 3 p.m. today, but worried thats cutting it close to sundown by the time we get out....will keep this updated with info as things go. All help is greatly valued!

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I called the forest service. They said "tough luck". Wow. Can't believe that. Ridiculous.

The bike is ON the trail. I can't get it over a couple of really big roots to continue back up the trail. If anyone is nearby, i'll pay your gas. Please help

The Forest service/Ranger's office job is not to recover stranded vehicles. Hoping otherwise is a waste of time. I hope you get some extra hands to give you assistance and get your bike back.

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Glad you got it out. Don't get discouraged, we've all been there at some point. Keep riding!!!

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