Blackfoot River Railroad Grade

Missoula, Montana

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The Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor is primarily used by boaters and anglers. This ride offers plenty of the same scenic pleasures as you follow an old railroad bed upriver, tracing the route of not just steam engines but also the region’s Native American tribes. Famous Missoula author Norman Maclean wrote of this section of river in his classic, A River Runs Through It. It’s a relatively easy route, appropriate to beginners, with swimming and plenty of river access along the way that experienced riders looking for exercise can combine with a more challenging out-and-back route. On the return for this ride, beware of traffic, especially logging trucks. During summer the road gets lots of weekend motorized use and tends to be prohibitively dusty. Tread: Mostly doubletrack and jeep roads on the way out, with improved road on the return.
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Mountain Biking Missoula

by Dan Oko (Falcon Guides)

The Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor is primarily used by boaters and anglers. This ride offers plenty of the same scenic pleasures as you follow an old railroad bed upriver, tracing the route of not just steam engines but also the region’s Native American tribes. Famous Missoula author Norman Maclean wrote of this section of river in his classic, A River Runs Through It.

It’s a relatively easy route, appropriate to beginners, with swimming and plenty of river access along the way that experienced riders looking for exercise can combine with a more challenging out-and-back route. On the return for this ride, beware of traffic, especially logging trucks. During summer the road gets lots of weekend motorized use and tends to be prohibitively dusty. Tread: Mostly doubletrack and jeep roads on the way out, with improved road on the return.

©  Dan Oko/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 9.7
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 - 90 minutes
Season: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,750 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Potomac
Driving Directions: Directions to Blackfoot River Railroad Grade

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