Where can I go road biking in the Bitterroot Valley?
Lolo Hot Springs
Following the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail (a 4,500 cross country route established in 1975), this 25 mile road ride links the town of Lolo to Lolo Hot Springs. When you reach the springs, soak for an hour or so and then hop on your bike and ride back down.
- Distance: 25.5 miles
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Start/Finish: Lolo to Lolo Hot Springs and back again
Start and end at the popular Lumberjack Saloon. The loop follows ridgetops with great views and includes a few moderate climbs.
- Distance: 27.1 miles
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Start/Finish: Lumberjack Saloon (from Highway 12 at Lolo, turn at mile marker 16 to Graves Creek. From Lumberjack, head south on Graves Creek Road. turn right onto Highway 12 and then right onto Howard Creek Road at the Lolo Work Center. Follow Howard Creek Road all the way back to Graves Creek Road and turn right, heading back to the saloon.
Where can I go mountain biking?
At the base of the Sapphire Mountains, this is an easy singletrack trail that is great for beginners. Ride through grassy meadows and then climb into ponderosa forests. Watch for horse traffic.
- Distance: 16 miles
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: From Hamilton, follow Eastside Highway northeast and then turn right onto Hamilton Heights Road. The trail is located at the end of the road.
North of Stevensville, the Bass Creek Recreation Area has a nice easy mountain bike loop near the valley floor.
- Distance: 7.5 miles
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: North of Stevensville, follow Bass Creek Road to the west and park at the trailhead just past the campground.
Lake Como Loop
This technical yet relatively flat trail circumnavigates Lake Como.
- Distance: 8 miles
- Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
- Trailhead: North of Darby, head west on Lake Como Road to the trailhead.