The Bitterroot Trail is a multi-use, paved trail in western Montana that stretches from Missoula to Hamilton along Highway 93, a four-lane highway. Between Hamilton and Darby, there is no trail, but there are wide shoulders. Vehicles enter and exit the highway on roads and driveways that intersect with the trail. These tips will help you and others stay safe, courteous, and legal while biking, walking, and enjoying this spectacular trail.
Riding a bike for recreation on a relatively flat trail is not a dangerous activity. However, you will be operating a machine and interacting with other people, so it is good to take some time to consider safety. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.
Montana state law grants bicyclists all of the rights and responsibilities of drivers. It also grants bicyclists the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians when using sidewalks, trails, and crosswalks. If you follow the advice to be safe and courteous, you will be legal as well. Obey all signs and signals, including Stop and Yield signs along the trail.
We are all ambassadors for bicycling. Help build and maintain good will with all trail users and community members you encounter on your trip.