Clark Fork River Bridge

Jacob's Island Park, Montana

Elevation Gain6ft
Trailhead Elevation3,197ft
Elevation Min/Max3197/3204ft
Elevation Start/End3197/3197ft

Clark Fork River Bridge

Clark Fork River Bridge is a hiking and biking trail in Missoula, Montana. It is within Jacob's Island Park. It is 295 feet long and begins at 3,197 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pedestrian Walkway.

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"The Clark Fork of the Columbia River flows through a narrow cleft in Hellgate Canyon between Mount Sentinel and Mount Jumbo before continuing through the heart of Missoula. An unnamed footpath in Ben Hughes Park follows the north bank of the river for a half mile between University Mountain, towering more than 2,500 feet above the trail, and Mount Jumbo, stretching to 1 ,300 feet on the north side of the trail. This short, level route is a hidden gem with sandy beaches, cottonwoods, and low-elevation pine groves."
"The Southside Riverfront Trail is a wide, unpaved path that extends from McCormick Park to the University of Montana. The open space corridor was once the Old Milwaukee Railroad bed. The level path connects 26-acre McCormick Park to Clark Fork Natural Park, John Toole Park, the University of Montana River Bowl Park, and Jacob’s Island Park in the Clark Fork River. (On the east end of Jacob’s Island is an off-leash dog park called Bark Park.) Various side paths lead down to the river."
"This classic loop is the heart and soul of Missoula, with sections of the route on Missoula’s boardwalk. The slogan “Keep Missoula weird” is taken to heart down here. Artists of all sorts (poets, musicians, painters, chess players) flock to the parks adjacent to this urban hiking path. Kayakers, surfers, skateboarders, in-line skaters, cyclists, volleyball players, runners, and a host of other impromptu sports enthusiasts frequent this greenway trail system on both sides of the mighty Clark Fork River. Interpretative signs and art, commissioned by the city, mark the path as well. Other sections of the pathway, such as the Clark Fork Natural Area near the Orange Street Bridge, are less urban and get hikers in touch with cottonwood trees and songbirds along the riverfront."
"The Northside Riverfront Trail is in the heart of Missoula above the banks of the Clark Fork River. The bike and pedestrian path leads through the city parks of Caras Park, Bess Reed Park, and Kiwanis Park. From Caras Park to Bess Reed Park, the path is paved and wheelchair accessible. Various side paths lead down to the river’s edge. The hike can begin from several access points. This hike begins by the hand-carved carousel in Caras Park, where the parking is most convenient."

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Trail Information

Jacob's Island Park
Nearby City
Jacob's Island Park
Missoula Parks and Recreation, 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT 59801; (406) 721-7275;
Local Contacts
USGS Southeast Missoula; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails
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