Milwaukee Trail


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Milwaukee Trail Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Missoula
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Junction of Bitterroot Branch & Riverfront Trails and Grove St. (Missoula)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7224859
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Milwaukee Trail Description

This isn't one of Missoula's more scenic trails, but nevertheless it's a great connector from downtown to the western edges of suburbia. The trail was completed in 2011 and zigzags along an asphalt corridor with occassional on-road segments. The short, on-road segments are widened shoulders separated from traffic with flagged markings, making for a highly visible route on which cars are not permitted.

This part of town is undergoing changes, so you'll find dismantled light industrial areas, vacant lots and a few not-so-attactive back yards. But the trail is well marked with excellent at-grade road crossings, and Missoula drivers tend to be polite, stopping to let you cross.

On the east end, the trail begins at a hub just south of McCormick Park and Ogren Field, where the city's baseball team plays. At the hub, the Bitterroot Trail heads southwest and the Riverfront Trail heads north and east (both going toward downtown Missoula).

Parking and Trail Access

The best place to park is at McCormick Park then take the Riverfront Trail west to the trail hub, where the Bitterroot Branch, Riverfront and Milwaukee trails meet.

Milwaukee Trail Reviews

As the description notes, this ain't purty but it's a great link for people who live on the west side of town to access downtown and the university. The trail is in great shape, having just opened in 2011, and is well marked, especially the at-grade crossings. As the city begins rehabilitating the disused commercial areas, the trail will only improve from a visual standpoint. Not sure about some of the junky back yards, though, but at least Missoula is developing a more extensive off-road access corridor!

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