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Montana, USA

Montana’s Bitterroot Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$3,346

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

35-50 Miles (or more)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hot Springs & Hiking (optional)

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts, One lunch and dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Enjoy the views that earned Montana its “Big Sky” nickname as well as its state flower, the bitterroot. Pedal through the foothills of Bitterroot Range and the Bitterroot Valley. Follow the historic Lewis & Clark and Nez Pierce trails as you make your way to the Pioneer Mountains. Your adventure will take you along both the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway and the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Byway – a region filled with hot springs, picturesque rivers, ghost towns and abandoned mines. Recharge in scenic lodges as you experience genuine Montana scenery in the heart of the Montana Rocky Mountains.

PEDAL HAPPY!We’ve rated this tour Intermediate in difficulty, but an e-bike can make it friendly for energetic Beginners, and there’s plenty of cycling for Advanced riders looking for more miles as well. While we may not be grinding up steep mountain roads at high elevation on this tour, it is in the Rocky Mountains, so a substantial amount of the cycling is between 5000-7000 feet elevation.

Day 1

Pedal a paved bike path along the Bitterroot River then head towards Lolo Pass.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lolo Hot Springs

Distance

34 miles (or more)

Elevation

+1555 ft / -574 ft (or more)

After a quick shuttle and a bike fitting, we hop onto the Bitterroot Trail (paved bike path) and cycle to the town of Lolo. From there we turn west and follow the historic Nez Pierce Trail up a gradual climb along Lolo Creek into the Bitterroot Mountains.  Spend tonight in upscale log cabin rooms at The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs, located along the Lewis and Clark Trail. You can choose to check-in and get right into the private natural hot springs just outside the hotel lobby. Or for more miles before you soak, you can continue along this lonely road past the hot springs as far as you like.

Day 2

Descend from Lolo Hot Springs to Hamilton in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Bitterroot River Inn

Distance

61 miles (or less)

Elevation

+1,166 ft / -1,745 ft (or less)

Get a head start on today’s miles with a gentle 25-mile descent from the hot springs back to the Bitterroot Valley. Continue along the paved Bitterroot Bike Trail to the town of Hamilton while admiring unbeatable views of the eastern flanks of the Bitterroot Mountains and taking in some of the history of the Bitterroot Salish tribe’s ancestral homeland. Watch for evidence of the ancient shoreline of the prehistoric Lake Missoula which existed here during the most recent ice age as you pedal past modern ranches and farmlands. The Bitterroot River Inn provides a nice setting for the night. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3

Finding “Wisdom” along the Lewis & Clark and the Nez Pierce historic trails.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Montana High Country Guest Lodge

Distance

44 miles (regular route), up to 70 miles (long route)

Elevation

+1,201 ft / -1,746 ft (regular route) up to +2918 ft / -3457 ft (long route)

After a shuttle (one hour) from Hamilton to the Montana Idaho border, our day continues along the Nez Pierce historic route. We start at the base of Lost Trail Ski Area (6800’) and head up the Chief Joseph Pass (7250’) before descending into the Big Hole Valley. For those preferring flatter riding, you can choose to start in the valley. On our way to Wisdom, we will stop at the Big Hole National Battlefield to learn about the events which took place here in 1877. The Big Hole River cuts through the valley with views of the Pioneer Mountains to the east. The unincorporated town of Jackson awaits: Here you have the option to jump in the van or continue cycling for the remaining 25 miles all the way to the Montana High Country Guest Lodge, our lodging for tonight and tomorrow.

Day 4

Rest and recharge as you choose your own adventure today.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Montana High Country Guest Lodge

Visit an amazing ghost town followed by a dip in the local hot springs. Hike to Sawtooth Lake (6.6mi. 1500’ gain). Or simply relax at the lodge while absorbing the expansive views and big skies of Grasshopper Valley. Lunch is on your own today, but all the fixings will be available at the Lodge to make a sandwich to eat there or take on an adventure. If you want more cycling, your guides can share optional routes.

Day 5

Follow blue-ribbon trout streams through high-country scenery from the Pioneer Mountains to the Pintler Range.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Fairmont Hot Springs

Distance

36 miles (regular route) or 76 miles (long route)

Elevation

+1,964 ft / -2,788 ft (regular route) or +3,655 ft / -5,025 ft (long route)

Cycle the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway the length of the Pioneer Mountain Range to the quaint town of Wise River. Granite Mountain Peak reaches 10,000 feet on one side, while the gentler forested hills and mountain meadows of the Anaconda Wilderness Area spread out below on the other.

Our primary ride gently ascends to a 7,800-foot divide between the Wise River, flowing north, and Grasshopper Creek, flowing south. Ghost towns, abandoned silver mines, and blue-ribbon trout streams are the hallmarks of this area. Cap it off with a fun descent into Wise River.

After lunch, you may choose to shuttle or continue cycling on to our lodging. This stretch takes us into the Anaconda Mountains. Take a rest and admire the 360° views from the top of this gradual ascent before descending to Fairmont Hot Springs for the night.

Day 6

Pedal the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Byway past gorgeous Georgetown Lake and a doozie of a smokestack before descending to the historic mining town of Phillipsburg for a final celebration.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

40 miles

Elevation

+2,013 ft / -1,869 ft

No shuttle this morning! Pedal right out the door of your lodging onto the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Byway. Savor the beauty of Georgetown Lake nestled between the Anaconda and Sapphire Mountain Ranges on your way to Phillipsburg in the Flint Creek Valley. As you ascend the gentle grade (avg. 1.5%) toward the lake, you can tip your helmet to the bricklayers who constructed Anaconda Copper Company Smoke Stack. At 585 feet tall, it remains one of the largest free standing brick structures in the world! Our final celebration in Philipsburg will include a stop for some huckleberry taffy – a local treat – before a relatively short shuttle (1hr 15min) back to Missoula.

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Price
$903
This is not required. It is an optional fee to allow a solo traveler to guarantee a private room for the duration of the tour.
Dates
June 30, 2024
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Price
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