Montana Fishing Trails and Maps

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Gabel Road Trail

0.8 mi
State: MT
Concrete

Gallagator Linear Trail

1.6 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Greenough Park Trail

0.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Dirt

Kim Williams Nature Trail

4.2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Lake Elmo Trail

1.4 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

Lewistown City Trail System

20 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

NorPac Trail

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

River's Edge Trail

41.4 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Gravel

Riverfront Trail (MT)

3.5 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel

Route of the Olympian

31 mi
State: MT
Gravel

Spring Meadow Lake State Park Trail

2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Gabel Road Trail stretches nearly a mile through TransTech Center, a high-tech business park in southwestern Billings. The trail offers pleasant landscaping and views of several manmade ponds as...
MT 0.8 mi 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 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 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 Lake Elmo Trail offers a 1.5-mile paved route around the scenic lake, situated in northern Billings. Lake Elmo State Park offers plentiful recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing,...
MT 1.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
The NorPac Trail follows the old right-of-way of the Northern Pacific Railway (hence the trail's name) in western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle, crossing Lookout Pass. The trail runs from Idaho near...
ID, MT 21.3 mi Concrete, Dirt, 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 41.4 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. Though it's not quite clear where the Riverfront...
MT 3.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel
The 31-mile long Route of the Olympian is one of several rail-trails occupying the abandoned Pacific route of the Milwaukee Road, which originally connected the railroad's Wisconsin hub with...
MT 31 mi Gravel
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Route of the Olympian

Top part great, bottom not so much.

August, 2018 by roee

Starting at the East Portal and heading east the trail is great. Decent surface and there is a nice curved tunnel and then a high trestle. It gets a bit rough at the second bridge but then smooths out again. By about 11 miles from the top is flattens out and the gets really rough. Ok for ATV, not bikes.

Route of the Olympian

Best way to the Hiawatha

August, 2018 by myfinecycle

This was my favorite trail of the old Milwaukee Road rail trails in this area. My only complaint is the lack of signage. With online maps, like Google maps, showing the trail, it wasn't hard to see where it should be. We picked it up in Saltese, after riding there on the NorPac the day before. They run parallel to one another, and there is a new access to the Olympian from the NorPac just west of Saltese. A sign there said "new road to upper grade", and it was in better shape than the one I had planned to take from Silver Creek Rd. Once on the Olympian, it's easy to follow, even with its lack of signs. This is basically a continuation of the Hiawatha, and just as nice, and free.

The trail from Saltese to the east portal of the Hiawatha is in great shape. We had no trouble along any of it with our 700x32 tires. The gradual ascent was very easy, and the scenery is beautiful. We were easily able to roll our bikes underneath the gate of the Dominion trestle.

I can only speak to this 8-9 mile section of the Olympian, not having ridden the eastern section. It is beautiful! It's the much better choice for getting from Saltese to the Hiawatha, even if it is a little bit longer than the NorPac. Details and photos on these trails are at my journal:http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/myidahopanhandle

NorPac Trail

Almost perfect

August, 2018 by myfinecycle

My husband and I rode the NorPac as part of a weeklong bike tour, self-guided, in the Bitterroots. It's incredible that you can link several trails together and experience this great region without major climbing. I can't give it 5 stars for a few reasons. First, there need to be more signs. Second are the directions for following the trail given here and elsewhere; they are confusing since road numbers are hard to find.

The connection in Mullan from the Trail of the CdA is seamless. It's easy to see on online maps that one must follow Friday Ave to Larson Rd, and there are some signs. Staying on Larson til it ends at the fish hatchery gets you to a dead end, even though the NorPac is an invisible spitting distance away. Better to turn left onto Cole Ranch Rd just before Shoshone Park and find the trailhead immediately on your right. My Garmin Etrex 20 showed the trail and tracks so we easily found it from the hatchery anyway, as you could also do from Shoshone Park.

The climb from there to Lookout Pass was very easy and beautiful. The beginning of the descent required lots of braking, and the rest of the ride we had to go slowly down to avoid big rocks. Wider tires might have helped; we used 700x32. Though it was slow going it was very nice. If you don't mind bumpy, then you might not worry about avoiding rocks.

We did not turn up Rainy Creek Rd towards the Hiawatha; instead we continued straight onto Randolph Creek/NorPac Railway which follows I-90 and the St Regis River to Saltese, MT, riding the entire length of the NorPac Trail. I detail this and neighboring trails in my journal: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/myidahopanhandle

Accordion

Gateway to Glacier Trail

Nice to be able to ride in Montana

July, 2018 by bkel

As noted, this is an 11-mike one way trail along the highway, which is busy in the summer months. It does veer off onto old route 2 a few times, past camps & resorts, tucked away from commercial route 2. Well maintained, with stunning scenery along the way, this trail suffices for our quest of “Cycling the 50” states.

Bitterroot Trail

Fairly flat with great views

June, 2018 by sando1532

This is a wonderful, ride with many options for eating, exploring, camping, fishing and lodging along the way. With all due respect to one of the reviewers, the elevation gain over 50 miles from Missoula to Hamilton is roughly 400 ft NOT 4000+. The trail does parallel US Hwy 93 the entire length and is noisy but the views are gorgeous the entire length. A short, fun option is to ride Missoula to Lolo with a stop at the Lolo Brewery for good food and beverage.

Swords Park Trail

Skeleton Cliff and Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site

May, 2018 by anne.cole

Make sure to take a short (100 yards) detour one mile east end of the trailhead parking area to see the newly-opened Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site where frontiersman Yellowstone Kelly was buried. There are interpretive panels about the history of the area.

Skeleton Cliff, just a little further east, is the site of the Crow Tribe's burial area, where the dead were actually placed in the trees.

Gateway to Glacier Trail

Great trail for what it is - along the highway

August, 2017 by acannefax

This is not a trail you pick for the scenery, although views along this highway are nice. The description in TrailLink is accurate, from what I can tell. I was very happy to have this trail to do. My husband needed to take a break and get some things done at our RV, which left me free to ride, and this trail was perfect. I could get in as many miles as I wanted and I did 40. It wasn't that easy - some nice long and a bit challenging hills made it interesting. If you just want a trail that will give you some nice miles this is great. I am really, really happy it was here. Thank you!

NorPac Trail

Rough and Remote

July, 2017 by danafellows

My wife and I did the Bitterroot 300 K loop, July 2017 and this included the NorPac. We had to stop and ask some construction workers how to find the beginning of the trail since there was only one sign that we saw and that was in Mullan. There needs to be some better signage for the first four or five miles. The first 15 miles is uphill, so much so that we took many walking breaks up the various inclines. The surface is anything from dirt, sand, gravel, to large 3+ diameter inch rocks. The last 10 miles is down hill and we did not have to peddle, in fact I rode my breaks on the way down.

Bitterroot Trail

Rode this path June 5, 2017. Nice ride!

June, 2017 by lazybiker

Rode this bike path from 3rd Street in Missoula to its terminal end south
of Hamilton, at the bridge over the Bitterroot River, out and back, with a couple of short side trips, total ride was 104.8 miles.

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

Excellent Rollerskiing

May, 2017 by emfson

For those who love Nordic skiing and train year-round, this is a wonderfully, smooth, safe and interesting trail. There's just enough terrain so you can "change gears" and work on various techniques. Traffic is very light most days, a few bikers and walkers. Come on out, Mile-High Nordic! Let's get these kids training. Skiers are made in the summer...as most World Cup coaches will tell you.

Bitterroot Trail

Nice trail, but noisy

May, 2017 by gjswitek


Rode from Missoula to Florence and back. The adjacent highway is heavily traveled and quite noisy. In Missoula the trail puts you onto local streets and is not well marked. It's easy to get lost. Local drivers have been very courteous in giving the right of way, and the trip back to Missoula is easier riding than to Florence. Traveler's Rest State Park at Lolo is a nice diversion and resting point, and Glen's Café in Florence serves very good pie.

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

Sliverbow Greenway

November, 2016 by maldridge28

Easy hike, mostly paved good waterfowl near the creek

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