Buried deep in the mountains between Butte and Whitehall, there lies a private and secluded trials riding heaven that has been host to the annual Whiskey Gulch Trial for more than a decade. The clean forest floor, riddled with mountainous boulders, shaded by mature trees, and divided only by a few friendly streams, will have you captivated the moment you set foot on property. The magic of your most memorable ride lay dormant in this valley, come "clean" your mind for a weekend and experience why the Fortin family calls this place home.
After leaving the pavement of Hyw 2, prepare for an adventurous drive through the mountains aided by the strategically placed ribbons at each split in the road. Enjoy the journey until you ultimately pass through an open gate welcoming you to the Whiskey Gulch Trial. Plentiful dry camping exists, ample porta-cilities, and a friendly atmosphere can all be found nestled in an open valley just down stream from the ranch headquarters. You will find more specific and descriptive driving directions here as the date for this historical event nears.
The Whiskey Gulch Trial is a two day event that is packed full of details and entertainment.
Saturday provides 10 unique sections, each with local section checkers. The morning will host half the field of competitors while the other half cheers them on. A similar format hosting the remaining field of riders will transpire in the afternoon.
Sunday will see all new sections and a similar format. Weather, timing, rider numbers and event staffing can play into event format alterations.
The first Whiskey Gulch Trial was established back in 2009, making this years event the 15th annual!!
While this experience has often coincided with Fathers Day weekend, due to its growth and popularity it has recently seen some timing shifts to accommodate the schedules of other similar events. One of the contributing factors, and welcomed enhancements, has been the collaboration with the "Conquer the West Trials Series". The Whiskey Gulch Trial is the 4th of 10 stops along the 2023 CTW schedule.
The collaboration with CTW has elevated the level of competition, grown the depth of each class, and facilitates us the opportunity to meet so many new riders from all across the United States.
Youth event registration is free for those under the age of 12. If you would like to be considered for the 2023 championship you will need to hop over to the Classes Page and register for the class you plan to ride.
Event registration is between $50-90 depending which round(s) you select? If you would like to be considered for the 2023 championship you will need to hop over to the Classes Page and register for the Class you plan to ride before May 15th..