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Old 03-31-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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I'm likely planning to move to Missoula in the next few years. I've spent a couple of years researching the town and the move. I am able to work from home so don't need to worry about finding a job. I'm also considering a few other areas, but Missoula is my first choice. I chose it because I've been looking for a place I could leave my car parked most of the time or even live without one and get around by bike or on foot.

While I am sure I will have other questions down the road, there is one thing that does concern me. My primary form of recreation and relaxation is getting out and riding my bike on local trails. I know that Missoula has excellent infrastructure for commuting by bike and for short rides as well as good mountain biking nearby. My one concern - the one thing that seems to be missing is a LONG paved or gravel bike trail. Where I live in Northern VA (outside Washington DC), we have an excellent 44+ mile trail nearby that I bike on nearly every weekend. I like the length of the trail because it allows for me to spend the year training to ride longer and longer rides up 45-50, or even 60 miles+. Is there anything like that in Missoula or within biking distance of Missoula? I generally prefer paved or gravel trails to hardcore mountain bike trails. The closest things I've been able to find are the US 93 trail, which I imagine I would probably have to drive to or the trails in the Rattlesnake Wilderness area (although they may be too rough). I appreciate everyone's feedback.

Alternatively, are there good country roads that aren't full of traffic leading out of town that I could create my own ride on or are the interstate and highway the only ones.

Missoula seems perfect for what I am looking for in every other way...but I'm not sure about this.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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mountainbikingmissoula.com/
This website might provide some answers and maybe someone you can ask your questions of.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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Thank you. I appreciate your response. I will take a look and contact them.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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Near the University of MT is Hellgate Canyon - its a trail that starts in town and goes from paved to rough along the river and then out of the city going east. I think it goes for quite a ways, but I can't remember - haven't lived there in 5 years. Missoula is a great town though! Have fun!
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:19 PM
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. My one concern - the one thing that seems to be missing is a LONG paved or gravel bike trail. Where I live in Northern VA (outside Washington DC), we have an excellent 44+ mile trail nearby that I bike on nearly every weekend. I like the length of the trail because it allows for me to spend the year training to ride longer and longer rides up 45-50, or even 60 miles+. Is there anything like that in Missoula or within biking distance of Missoula? I generally prefer paved or gravel trails to hardcore mountain bike trails.
I think the closes trails are in Idaho about 2 hours away from Missoula.

The Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail

Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes | Idaho Parks & Recreation
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Us 93 is a paved trail it is about 120 miles away in kalispell, I believe it connects to whitefish, but I am not certain about that,as they may be two different trails that don't connect. Of course Whitefish is a place know for sharing the road with bicyclist,they love to peddle up and down the big mountain ski resort road. Or even in glacier park.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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Here is where I would start looking:

Missoulians On Bicycles Home - Missoula Bike Club

These guys put on the annual Tour of the Swan River Valley that runs from Missoula to Big Fork. It is 130 to Big Fork miles if you start in Missoula. You can also start in Potomac for a clean 100 miles to Big Fork. Then you get up Sunday and ride back. The ride is a blast!

Contact these guys about riding in Missoula, they are committed to cycling.

By the way the Hiawatha Trail, mentioned earlier is a great ride, but it requires a fee. $10 14 years and up, $6 under 14. Plus the shuttle costs $9/$6 (respectively) and if you don't have a high powered light, you will want to rent one for $5, the tunnels are really dark.

My family and I rode the Hiawatha one time, it was awesome. But we will not do it again because of the excessive cost. I mean $108 for a family of five to go bike riding? Bull $#%&, I don't think so.

So in terms of going riding regularly, the Hiawatha is out, unless you want to pay $49 for a season pass, buy your own HID light, and ride the trail out and back...

Or... move to Coeur d'Alene instead. It's an awesome little city in Idaho, with a nice Centennial (Bike) trail running right through it. And fairly easy access to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, another great trail that's paved for 72 miles and it's free.
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