Polson Bike Transit Loop


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Polson Bike Transit Loop Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Lake
Length: 9.1 miles
Trail end points: 49401 US-93 (Polson) and 36040 Caffrey Rd (Polson)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 13687084


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Polson Bike Transit Loop Description


The Polson Bike Transit creates a large 9.1-mile loop around the city of Polson, MT which lies on Flathead Lake. A majority of the route is paved and off-road, although there are some on-street portions along the route.

About the Route

The Polson Bike Transit Loop has a northern endpoint at Riverfront Park which offers greenspace, a boat launch, and a small dock. The paved trail here heads south where it turns into the sidewalks alongside 2nd St W. 

The trail here turns onto 7th Ave. W, where trail users can use the road (watching out for vehicle traffic). After about a mile, the trail turns north and begins the Rail Trail portion of the trail. This section is off-road and follows along an old railroad right-of-way for the next 3.6 miles. The rail-trail portion runs roughly alongside Rte. 93 and curves north and then south. This portion of the trail does a long and steady climb as it heads out of town and away from the lake. However, the climb is well worth it as the trail passes the Flathead Lake Overlook Scenic Turnout, which offers panoramic views of the lake (note: the scenic turnout is on the opposite side of the lake).

The trail turns onto Caffery Rd. where a small strip of tallgrass separates the trail from the roadway. Along Caffery Rd. the trail is flat, but it continues to gain elevation as the trail follows alongside Skyline Dr.

Skyline Dr. meanders north and then east until the trail reaches 1st Street. This final portion completes the loop as the trail heads briefly east along 1st St. and north again along 2nd St. West.


Trail users can take a multi-use trail along U-93 all the way to Ronan to continue their journey.

Parking and Trail Access

The Polson Bike Transit Loop creates a complete circle around Polson, MT approximately between Riverfront Park 49401 US-93 (Polson), where parking is available, and 36040 Caffrey Rd (Polson).

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