Mountain Biking

With fabulous views, variety of terrain options and low traffic, Montana is the perfect place for a memorable cycling adventure. The Bitterroot Valley highways offer fabulous views for road biking. Bike along pastoral Rocky Mountain scenes and stop at the charming small towns along the way. For mountain bikers, there are two mountain ranges full of trails. Many of the Bitterroot hiking trails are also opened to mountain bikes.

Bass Creek

This recreational area north of Stevensville has a relatively easy 7.5 mile loop that is open to mountain bikes. Shorter loops are also available. Since it is close to the valley floor it has early and late season ride in possibilities. A good place to start riding single track. The one negative is that it is very popular with horse riders, especially on weekends.

Length: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Location: Stevensville, MT

Sheephead Creek

Up towards Nez Perce Pass, the Sheephead Creek trail is a fun out and back trail that extends to the boundary of the Selway Wilderness. Due to its relative remoteness, it doesn`t get much traffic.

Length: 7.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Darby, MT

Shannon Ridge



Location: Darby, MT

Calf Creek

Calf Creek may be the smoothest and most beginner friendly trail loop near Hamilton and Corvallis. Lying at the base of the Sapphire Range at the end of Hamilton Heights Road, the lower section is grassy meadows and transitions to Ponderosa up higher. It very popular on weekends with the horse people, so we recommend it as a after work destination when user conflicts will be minimized. Closed December to April for wildlife.

Length: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Location: Hamilton, MT

Warm Springs Creek #103

A moderate to difficult ride to Two Good Cabin following Warm Springs Creek. Other than a few talus field crossing a relatively easy ride. Depending on which point you access the trail from, you`ll probably have drastically different goals in mind. At the bottom, you are probably planning a jaunt along the creek up to Two Good Cabin. If this is your plan, the trail should be rated moderate rather than difficult, since you`ll be skipping the hard section. On the other pedal, if you are at Overwhich Falls after riding Colter Creek or Shields Creek, you probably have visions of more downhill adventures.

Length: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Location: Sula, MT

Warm Springs Ridge Trail #177

Can be ridden in either direction and provides outstanding singletrack with amazing views. Most of the length of this trail is smooth singletrack - there are some rocky sections along the ridge. The central portion of the trail frequently has deadfall. The northern portion of the trail has rubber water bars - while not technically challenging to ride, they take some getting used to at first.

Length: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Sula, MT

Weasel Creek

Like hidden rocks and roots. How about steep loose switchbacks with rock drops. Or maybe fast ridge top flow, Overgrown creek bottoms. Maybe not the last one. Weasel Creek is not for everyone. Much of the trail is steep and technical, but the creek bottom holds plenty of booby traps to keep you on your toes. This trail is not for everyone, but if you are up to the challenge, you might be surprised how much fun you can have. Check out the map so that you can get catch the upper access trail. Trying to climb up from the bottom will have you wearing your unhappy face. The junction of the upper access trail and the main Weasel Creek trail is partially obscured by downfall. If you can`t find the junction, head to your right and you should stumble upon the trail.

Length: 10 miles

Difficulty: Technical

Location: Darby, MT


A little of everything on this ride. It starts with 8 miles of pavement up the beautiful Sleeping Child canyon, before several thousand feet of climbing forest service roads towards Blacktail point before a screaming single track descent to Little Sleeping Child.

Length: 17 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Darby, MT

Fire Creek Trail #404

Consistently steep, Fire Creek Trail is a good downhill and a tough uphill. Up or down, this trail allows loops between Warm Springs Ridge and Warm Springs Creek Trails.

Length: 16 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Location: Sula, MT

Chief Josephs Pass North

Good singletrack trail along it`s length that can be ridden as part of two loops. If ridden up, the climb is relatively gentle. If ridden down, it can be as fast as you want. There are a few water crossings but overall this trail is A-1 fun. Elk Creek flows into Trail Creek and is accessed from MT43 about 5 miles east of the Chief Joseph Pass.

Length: 18 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Sula, MT
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