The Bitterroot Trail is an approximately 50-mile paved path that connects Missoula and Hamilton – and the quaint towns along the way – while paralleling the rugged Bitterroot Mountains. You can experience all the charm, wonder, and adventure that Western Montana offers as you ride along this historic trail.
For decades, communities along the trail worked diligently to bring their vision to fruition – an off-highway trail connecting Missoula to Hamilton. While the trail from Lolo to Hamilton took shape over a number of years during Route 93 highway improvements, the section from Missoula to Lolo remained elusive. The S-shaped curves, with narrow shoulders and difficult terrain, as well as lack of funding made completing the final 8-mile stretch quite a challenge.
Trail advocates ultimately found a solution through the award of a federal discretionary grant program. The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant was critical in completing the link from Missoula to Lolo during the spring of 2016.