Montana Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

BA&P Hill Trail

4.1 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Gravel

Bozeman to Bridger Mountains Trail

2.1 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

Gallagator Linear Trail

1.6 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Gateway to Glacier Trail

12.6 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Greenough Park Trail

0.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Dirt

Lewistown City Trail System

20 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

River's Edge Trail (MT)

55 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Gravel

Riverfront Trail (MT)

3.5 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel

Shiloh Road Trail

4.6 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

Spring Meadow Lake State Park Trail

2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Story Mill Spur

1.7 mi
State: MT
Dirt, Gravel

Swords Park Trail

3.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Bitterroot Trail

51 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

Clements Road Trail

1.27 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Great Northern Historical Trail

22 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Jim Dutcher Trail

6.5 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

Kim Williams Nature Trail

4.2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

King Avenue East Trail

0.5 mi
State: MT
Concrete
Accordion

Larchmont Trail

0.5 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Milwaukee Trail

1.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

NorPac Trail

22.2 mi
State: ID, MT
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Old Yellowstone Trail

11.9 mi
State: MT
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Route of the Olympian

31 mi
State: MT
Gravel

South Avenue Trail

2.2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

BBWA Canal Trail

2.8 mi
State: MT
Concrete

King Avenue West Trail

1.5 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Lake Elmo Drive Trail

0.6 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Rehberg Ranch Trail

1.2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Rimrock Road Trail

1.7 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

South Billings Boulevard Trail

0.7 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Zimmerman Trail

1.3 mi
State: MT
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The BA&P Hill Trail provides a fascinating glimpse into Butte's early history, winding its way through the town's historic neighborhoods and abandoned mineyards. The area was known as the "The Richest...
MT 4.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Bozeman is home to an extensive trail system: Known as the Main Street to Mountains system, it's made up of 60 miles of greenways across the city and beyond. This connector, completed in the fall of...
MT 2.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Gallagator Linear Trail runs diagonally for more than 1.5 miles through the east side of Bozeman. The trail, which has a crushed stone surface for the vast majority of its route but is paved at...
MT 1.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Gateway to Glacier Trail is an asphalt paved trail that allows the rider to ride from Hungry Horse to West Glacier, which is a small community just outside the west entrance of Glacier National...
MT 12.6 mi Asphalt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Greenough Park Trail is truly one of urban Missoula's best, making for a peaceful refuge from the city hubbub and near the downtown area. The trail makes a loop through this lush 42-acre park, not...
MT 0.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Lewiston Trails System refers to the 20 miles of multi-purpose trail winding through this central Montana community. The trails are usable all-year round. Every few miles, the terrain switches,...
MT 20 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Just a few miles south of Butte, the Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail through Thompson Park offers a fun journey through two tunnels and across a trestle on the former Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul...
MT 4.5 mi Gravel
Many groups collaborated to create the scenic and wild River's Edge Trail: the city of Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Transportation,...
MT 55 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Missoula's Riverfront Trail follows both the north and south sides of the Clark Fork River through city parks downtown and near the university campus. The trail is part of a larger city-wide system...
MT 3.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel
The Shiloh Road Trail is an important part of the trail network in western Billings, offering connections to the Rimrock Road Trail, Big Ditch Trail and King Avenue West Trail. It begins at Rimrock...
MT 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This pleasant trail is busy during hot summer days, when families come out in droves to swim, fish and paddle non-motorized boats around this small lake. No bikes are allowed on the trail but you can...
MT 2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Bozeman's Story Mill Spur begins just north of a former railroad depot, passes under I-90 and over the East Gallatin River, and traverses residential neighborhoods. It ends at the edge of the East...
MT 1.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Swords Park Trail offers beautiful views of Billings and the Yellowstone Valley on a paved route of nearly 4 miles through the northern end of town. Springtime is especially pleasant with...
MT 3.8 mi Asphalt
The Bitterroot Trail is a paved pathway largely paralleling US 93 between Missoula and Hamilton in Montana's scenic Bitterroot Valley. The trail provides a safe transportation alternative to the busy...
MT 51 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Clements Road Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy Clements Road and provides a safe alternative to riding on the shoulder. The path runs for nearly 1.3 miles between the South...
MT 1.27 mi Asphalt
The Great Northern Historical Trail extends 22 miles between the lakeside town of Somers and the mountain valley community of Kila. The trail follows part of the route of the old Great Northern...
MT 22 mi Asphalt
The Jim Dutcher Trail offers 6.5 miles of paved pathway along the Yellowstone River through eastern Billings up to the northeastern neighborhoods of Billings Heights. Along the way, the trail is...
MT 6.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Kim Williams Nature Trail provides a scenic stroll or bike ride alongside the Clark Fork River, connecting several parks in downtown Missoula. It also connects to the Riverfront Trail, giving...
MT 4.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The King Avenue East Trail, in southwestern Billings, provides a half-mile concrete route along the south side of the roadway with access to a busy commercial subdivision at its eastern end. It's...
MT 0.5 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Larmont Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy Reserve Street (US 93) and provides a safe alternative to riding on the road. The path runs for only a little more than 0.5 mile...
MT 0.5 mi Asphalt
Missoula's Milwaukee Trail provides a valuable east-west commuting route through the city. The paved pathway includes occasional on-road segments but is well marked with excellent at-grade road...
MT 1.8 mi Asphalt
Notice: The US Forest Service has closed the Borax Tunnel indefinitely as it is in imminent danger of collapse.Contact the Superior Ranger Station at Lolo National Forest for more information and...
ID, MT 22.2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Old Yellowstone Trail follows the old right-of-way of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in southwestern Montana. The CMSPP, more commonly called the Milwaukee Road, was active...
MT 11.9 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The 31-mile long Route of the Olympian is one of several rail-trails occupying the former Pacific route of the Milwaukee Road, which originally connected the railroad's Wisconsin hub with Washington...
MT 31 mi Gravel
The South Avenue Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy South Avenue and provides a safe alternative to riding in the road. The path runs for a little more than 2 miles between Old Fort...
MT 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Tobacco River Memorial Trail, also known as the Kootenai Trail, offers northwestern Montana scenery as it stretches 7 miles from Eureka to Rexford off Lake Koocanusa. Much of the trail is wooded...
MT 7.4 mi Gravel
The BBWA Canal Trail offers nearly 3 miles of paved pathway in western Billings, mostly along the Billings Bench Water Association Canal. The waterway, used for irrigation and storm drainage, dates...
MT 2.8 mi Concrete
The Blacktail Creek Trail, through southeastern Butte, was renamed the Ulrich-Schotte Nature Trail in honor of local citizens who championed the restoration of the creek and other civic projects in...
MT 3.2 mi Asphalt
The King Avenue West Trail offers a paved east-west route through southwestern Billings with access to Shiloh Crossing, one of the city's most popular commercial subdivisions. Additional shopping and...
MT 1.5 mi Asphalt
The paved Lake Elmo Drive Trail parallels its namesake roadway for a half-mile in the Heights community of northern Billings. At the south end of the trail, students can follow the sidewalk east along...
MT 0.6 mi Asphalt
Rehberg Ranch Trail follows the Iron Horse Trail roadway through a northern suburb of Billings. For just over a mile, the paved neighborhood trail offers views of Montana backcountry, including...
MT 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Rimrock Road Trail is an east-west route in western Billings along the north side of Rimrock Road. It travels nearly 2 miles with mostly residential views. From its eastern end, you can hop on the...
MT 1.7 mi Asphalt
Although not a scenic route, the paved South Billings Boulevard Trail offers connections to residential and commercial areas and Newman Elementary School. At its southern end, you can also connect to...
MT 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Zimmerman Trail is a north-south route in western Billings that parallels the eastern flank of a roadway of the same name. The paved pathway is just over a mile long with pleasant neighborhood...
MT 1.3 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Shiloh Road Trail

Really nice trail. Unfortunately there are a couple bad roundabouts to be extra cautious for.

September, 2023 by jade.hildreth18

Really nice trail. Unfortunately there are a couple bad roundabouts to be extra cautious for.

Bitterroot Trail

noisy

September, 2023 by kaisasw

We looked forward to riding this trail for the views. It was very disappointing, the noise from riding next to the highway was too much for us. The trail is also quite bumpy. We started in Lolo and planned to go to Victor but turned around after 10 miles.

NorPac Trail

Does not always follow the NorPac rail line

August, 2023 by zfm7zhqwd5

Despite the name NorPac, the trail doesn't always follow the NorPac rail. Sometimes if follows the NorPac access road. Sometimes it follows the forest service roads created on the old NorPac rail line. Sometimes it follows forest service/County roads that don't have anything to do with the rail line. The maps of the route vary greatly. The one here on TrailLink seems as close as it could be. It matches what Garmin put into their biking map in the bike computer. It was easier to follow the Garmin map than any of the others. Most of the signs pointing out the route are gone so if you don't have a bike computer like the Garmin, it can be difficult to figure out where the trail goes in a couple spots like the pass, Taft, and Saltese. The Borax tunnel is collapsing so there is a bypass route. It's easy to find, just turn on the road when the big sign says road closed. You can still ride down to the tunnel to see the Borax tunnel. It's easier to see the collapsing from the bottom end of the tunnel. If you are coming from Mullan, the trail head from Larsen to the Yellowstone trail trailhead is really hard to find. Just get to the sign about the Hale Fishery and turn left. There is a good signage where it crosses the road to the snowmobile parking area/Yellowstone trail. The road was not difficult to ride. There are a lot of potholes but they are easy to get around. There are a couple of places where I'm not sure what the road builders for the forest service were thinking. With the exception of the bypass at the Borax tunnel, it's all easy to bike in both directions. The Borax Tunnel bypass is easy to bike down but going up is a hike-a-bike section. It's not long. The pass going from Mullan to Saltese is confusing if you don't have a map on your bike computer. The actual trail goes through the equipment parking area. The paved road to the left will get you down the pass to Taft, but it is not the trail. The trail swings out to some beautiful scenery, the paved road follows I-90 for the most part so it's noisy and not the best paved road I've ever ridden. At Saltese you can jump up to the Route of the Olympian. Do it at the sign about 1/2 mile before Saltese. Doing the hike-a-bike up the road at the trestle in Saltese is quite the uphill push. There is a sign telling you where to go up to access the upper route. It's a sign for four wheel vehicles, not bikes, so be aware of that. From there to St. Regis, the Route of the Olympian is fairly level, slightly downhill, and follows the St. Regis river for the most part. I parked at Taft and road up and over to Mullan so the trail made more sense. Then I biked back to St. Regis. 64 miles total but two beautiful trails. Neither trail had much traffic but they did have some so keep an eye out. In 64 miles I saw three ATVs and one group of six dirt bikes. Not much at all for that distance. I did ride on a Sunday so I expected more. I don't know how to post photos so some of this would be more clear. It was quite enjoyable and I'll likely do it again next year.

Accordion

River's Edge Trail (MT)

Lots of fun art along the trail(at least in the section we rode)

August, 2023 by martie.bohls

Lots of fun art along the trail(at least in the section we rode)

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

Great trail!

August, 2023 by tcd74tpfsv

Wonderful trail, but who is going to take care of the weeds along it? Now that they have gone to seed the problem will get worse. ¿

Headwaters Trail System

Missouri Headwaters State Park to Three Forks

August, 2023 by estherfrey_tl

Beautiful trail with gorgeous scenery. There are a few areas that are bumpy but fine if you aren’t riding a road bike.

Lewistown City Trail System

Nice trails in town

August, 2023 by jxr74csq7g

We rode the trails from the fair grounds through town and west for a total of 15 miles one way. We rode them on drop bar bills with 700x32c tires with tubes and some tread in drop bar bikes (no suspension). We rode US-101 a short distance and got on the trail near the livestock auction area just across from the fairgrounds. Initially it was small gravel and the tires were fine. There were some short wooden bridges and there were bumps at each bridge. I would guess after about a mile the trail was paved with a very nice surface. That continued through town for about 3 miles. There were a number of street crossings. Most were no-traffic residential areas. One was Main Street, which ha

BBWA Canal Trail

residential trail

July, 2023 by rick360

The trail runs through residential area. Your next a small fast water moving canal for a small part of trail. Goes by park. Newer cement. Nice dog walking but not very scenic.

Route of the Olympian

Spectacular

June, 2023 by delmont425

This trail had been on my bucket list since we rode down to the tunnel from the Hiawatha trailhead in 2017. That was at the tail end of our trip and we had run out of time to explore. Today we finally got to do at least part of the Olympian on our gravel tandem. We parked in Haugan and rode up to East Portal, then back down past Haugan about two miles, stopping for ice cream at the colorful trailer with the M&M's theme along the trail back at Haugan. Having sampled it six years ago and being experienced gravel riders, we pretty much knew what to expect in terms of difficulty and trail characteristics. The trail was in good shape overall; the section up to Saltese was a little chunkier than north of Saltese but we easily managed with our tubeless Maxxis Ramblers, 700x50c. The southern section also had numerous low spots, not really potholes, but they do give you a good jolt if you hit them wrong. They were pretty easy to steer around in most cases. The short section just north of Saltese trestle up to the new NORPAC trail access road is a different texture of rock--coarser and a little bigger--and it shook the bike pretty noticeably but again, very manageable. Speaking of Saltese trestle, it seems to be in pretty good shape; the gravel is deeper than on the trail itself but it's easily rideable. Glad to hear of the preservation efforts the locals have undertaken there, I'd say it looks succesful. Dominion Creek Trestle is just breathtaking and it's my new favorite. So peaceful and scenic. Tunnel 19 was a bit muddy at the south entrance so we elected to walk our bike through it both ways just to try and stay a bit cleaner. After reaching East Portal and resting for a short time we bombed back downhill and went past Haugan about 2 miles just because we felt like it. Along the way we encountered several ATV's, all of which were very courteous to us and very friendly. We also met another local couple riding their mountain bikes on the trail and had a nice visit with them as well. All in all, a great day on a fabulously scenic trail! Next trip we will do the remainder down to St. Regis.

Headwaters Trail System

Beautiful ride!

May, 2023 by boulderjulie

We spent a day exploring the trails in this system, riding out to the Headwaters park, through the pond area, and along the edge of town and back. The area is stunningly beautiful, the town is full of friendly people (be sure to stop for lunch and pie at the Iron Horse in Three Forks!), and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day of riding. There are several good maps along the trail, but a few more would be helpful, especially since it's not just one trail but several that link up. We're giving this 5 stars because the scenery is so gorgeous, but the trail surface deserves a 3 or 4; some sections are smooth asphalt but some have bone-jarring cracks that need to be filled. Still-- we absolutely loved our day on this trail and can't believe we didn't see more people using it. We came to Three Forks specifically to ride this trail system, and we were not disappointed.

Old Yellowstone Trail

Too rough

May, 2023 by hicks4rus

The first 7 miles from Garrison isn't just "crushed stone" The trail is dirt, some crushed stone, and big rocks. It's so bumpy. We didn't enjoy riding 14 miles round trip on the rocks.

Great American Rail-Trail

Great Allegheny Trail southeast of Pittsburgh?

April, 2023 by eshawger

Surprised to see this amazing trail that has great bed and breakfasts along it is not noted as part of the Great American Rail Trail. It sure would help demonstrate more GART completion if it was.

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