Montana Horseback Riding Trails and Maps

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Bitterroot Trail

51 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Concrete

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

Great Northern Historical Trail

22 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Headwaters Trail System

11.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Lewistown City Trail System

20 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Missouri Headwaters State Park Trails

5.3 mi
State: MT
Dirt, Grass

NorPac Trail

22.2 mi
State: ID, MT
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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 Headwaters Trail System is a paved network of trails, portions of which run along the former Milwaukee Railroad corridor, through the City of Three Forks to Missouri Headwaters State Park. As its...
MT 11.8 mi Asphalt
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 Missouri Headwaters State Park offers 5 miles of unpaved trails to explore its picturesque landscapes by foot, horseback, or mountain bike. The park spans more than 500 acres and, within its...
MT 5.3 mi Dirt, Grass
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 22.2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Great Northern Historical Trail

Great trail ride on asphalt.

August, 2019 by debimiller9_tl

Started in Kalispell at halfway of trail and rode south to Somers to Flathead Lake. Sat at the lakeside awhile then went back for lunch at Somers Bay Cafe. Great food, breakfast and lunches. Round trip is 24 miles.

Route of the Olympian

loved this trail

July, 2019 by debimiller9_tl

Rode from Hiawatha east on trail of the olympians. We went 13 miles down the trail and then rode back Lovely shade along the way and a river to sit and have a snack listening to the babbling creek. It was pure delight. 2 trestles and 1 tunnel. Going to ride from St Regis up tomorrow.

Lake Elmo Trail

Lake Elmo Trail

July, 2019 by kmkm5

The trail is classified as easy with benches to sit and view the the lake. The path is not paved its all gravel until you get to the parking lot. I rate it a 8 star for ease and view.

Accordion

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

short but sweet

July, 2019 by carla157

rode the short 4.8 section of the trail on a hot windy afternoon. Trail was maintained and had interesting terrain. Winded around a hill and through wet areas, sage brush and some wild flowers. Elevation changed enough to keep it interesting. Negatives-- more dog poop on the trail than I have seen on all the other trails I have ridden put together. The place we started had no water and the bathrooms were locked

Route of the Olympian

St. Regis, westbound

May, 2019 by paulcalhoun3

With the encouraging news about the Great American Rail Trail spanning our continent with off road bicycle paths, I decided to try a portion of it beginning with the Route of the Olympian. The trail starts in St. Regis Montana, running westerly on the railbed of the Milwaukee. It runs beside the St. Regis River with gorgeous views through the Ponderosa Pines and parallels the Interstate 90. This highway is frequently in view but far enough away that one is not inundated with traffic noise. The first third of the 30 mile is studded with coarse gravel making me grateful for my 2.3 inch wide tires. After 30 miles of gentle but continual climb at the top of Lookout Pass just across the border of Idaho the trail becomes the Route of the Hiawatha. Cycling in late May, I was concerned with the report of a creek crossing the trail which one cyclist reported having to ford. Sure enough at 2.5 miles from St. Regis, just after crossing Two Mile Rd. the trail ended unceremoniously with no signage other than a discouraging “No Outlet” at a very full rushing torrent. However, if one travels south on Two Mile Rd. for 1/10 of a mile, the road itself crosses the creek and immediately thereafter a small sign points to the right saying “ATV Access”. This little trail quickly leads back to the Route. At 4.5 miles the gravel becomes thick and loose but only for .3 miles. After 10 miles trail becomes more hard beaten dirt, less gravel, on into Idaho. In summary, the trail is not as well cared for and does not enjoy the spectacular vistas, far from noisy highways as the Route of the Hiawatha which it joins. But it is well worth the experience for those who have the privilege of doing both trails.

NorPac Trail

Drove a small section

October, 2018 by trigirl76

I was recently exploring trails connecting to the Hiawatha, Coeur d'Alene. I drove the section east from Mullan and had difficulty following the route. As mentioned in previous posts, it is not well signed. The turn at the fish hatchery was a guess and then signed 50 yds up that barely noticeable overgrown gravel road. I encountered this problem several times and mentioned it to the host at the Wallace Railroad Museum (which is awesome!). She said that PEOPLE STEAL THE SIGNS! That's very unfortunate. Perhaps they can engrave on posts that won't be so easy to steal?
I wasn't on it for long, but this section is very scenic, remote and worth the effort.

Route of the Olympian

Nice Low Traffic Ride

October, 2018 by aka_locojoe

We rode from our hotel (the Silver Dollar Inn) in Haugen to the top where it meets the Route Of The Hiawatha and back. The trail surface was good. 1 tunnel and 2 trestles (one of which has been refurbished, the other hasn't but both passable) . Views of the St Regis river. Not quite as spectacular of a trail as the Hiawatha but still very nice. We only encountered 1 other person and this was on a Saturday.

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

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.

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