Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail #5

Great Falls, Montana - Missoula, Montana (477 miles)

  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-69-9
  • Jun 1, 2011

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This section is rich with historical locations, an option, an alternate and a spur. You can easily pedal more than the cover value of 476.5 miles if you choose Section 5 of the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail.

At Three Forks, the Missouri River splits into the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers, and you will leave the Missouri for the final time. Just south of Dillon, there's a choice to remain on the main westbound route or take the Big Hole Option. The main route over Lehmi Pass includes 24.5 miles of gravel while the Big Hole Option is slightly shorter and is entirely paved. An additional Continental Divide crossing may be made via the 18-mile gravel Gibbon's Pass Alternate.

From North Fork, Idaho, on the main route, you have the opportunity to ride along "The River of No Return" on the 18.5-mile Shoup Spur. From North Fork, it is nearly a straight shot north to Lolo, Montana, the site of Travelers' Rest State Park. This is the site where Lewis and Clark stopped in each direction to rest and regroup for the next stages in their journey.

Adventure Cycling maps are created by cyclists, for cyclists, and they are some of the best available for those in search of discovery and adventure in North America. The maps reflect the association's research as well as suggestions from thousands of cyclists who have explored the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Adventure Cycling develops the best cross-country, loop, coastal, and inland cycling routes available, with turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for the tricky sections, and elevation profiles in the high country.

The maps are waterproof and designed to fit in a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. The maps provide information specifically for cyclists: the location of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations including camping facilities, small hotels, and cyclists-only lodging.


  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-69-9
  • Jun 1, 2011

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