Grizzly Creek Trail

Missoula, Montana

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Relative to many of the rides in the Missoula vicinity and Bitterroot Valley, the challenging Grizzly Creek Trail is a remote getaway where encounters with other trail users (outside hunting season) are extremely infrequent. The ride cuts up a wooded hillside away from the blue-ribbon trout stream Rock Creek, intersecting several times with Grizzly Creek. It eventually connects atop the Sapphire Mountain ridgeline with a network of Forest Service roads and trails in various states of maintenance, making this route a reasonable starting place for exploring a region rich in wildlife that also provides a change in scenery from many of the other rides discussed. A campsite at the start and area trails make this a worthwhile overnight if you have time. If you head south on the logging road at the ridge, a mountaintop spring a little more than another 4 miles away provides an additional turnaround point. Tread: Singletrack.
Mountain Biking Missoula

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Mountain Biking Missoula

by Dan Oko (Falcon Guides)

Relative to many of the rides in the Missoula vicinity and Bitterroot Valley, the challenging Grizzly Creek Trail is a remote getaway where encounters with other trail users (outside hunting season) are extremely infrequent. The ride cuts up a wooded hillside away from the blue-ribbon trout stream Rock Creek, intersecting several times with Grizzly Creek.

It eventually connects atop the Sapphire Mountain ridgeline with a network of Forest Service roads and trails in various states of maintenance, making this route a reasonable starting place for exploring a region rich in wildlife that also provides a change in scenery from many of the other rides discussed. A campsite at the start and area trails make this a worthwhile overnight if you have time. If you head south on the logging road at the ridge, a mountaintop spring a little more than another 4 miles away provides an additional turnaround point. Tread: Singletrack.

©  Dan Oko/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 20.4
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Season: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Grizzly Point, Spink Point; Lolo National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Grizzly Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/25/2014
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This trail seems like a good trip with a thorough trail guide etc., but the trail is extremely overgrown and outdated. By its condition, I am assuming that the Forest Service does not manage this trail at all. It is overgrown with bushes and covered in fallen trees to the point I ended up walking three quarters of the trail. I continued hoping to hit the Forest Service Road (which I assumed would be better kept) but found that at a certain point the trail just grew in and the rest of it was no where in sight. Also, the scree field sections of the trail are not ride able. This site should consider including dates since the last service or current condition etc. I do not suggest this trail until it has been more heavily trafficked or has had work done on it.



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