The Bitterroot Branch Trail currently consists of two segments along the active Montana Rail Link rail tracks that run into downtown Missoula.
The southern segment is 0.68 mile and extends between McDonald Avenue and Livingston Street. To pick up the northern segment, users will have to navigate a short section of neighborhood streets. Do this by turning west on Livingston, north on Kemp, east on South, north on Johnson then east on North Avenue, where the trail begins again adjacent to the railroad tracks.
The northern segment extends for 1.5 miles all the way to the 0 milepost at the junction with the Milwaukee Trail, Riverfront Trail and Kim Williams Nature Trail. The Riverfront Trail extends east along the south bank of the Clark Fork River, offering plenty of scenic views.
Parking for the Bitterroot Branch Trail can be found in a lot adjacent to Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, Missoula's newer baseball stadium. Access the parking lot from the western end of Cregg Lane.