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Routes / Re: Missoula Spur
« on: August 19, 2020, 05:52:06 pm »
Nathan - We used the paper map rather than digital and totally missed the paragraph that you highlighted from the map.I had the  divide guidebook from the mountaineers for the rest of the route to Wise River, so was using that as the trail guide. I read the note on the non-technical option (on the map itself), so we took SR200 to Gold Creek to avoid the single track. Our miss was assuming the the non-technical option would be more manageable. In general, our crew was fine with 'super steep' and 'remote' but not the directions in area "i", "h", and "g". Also, the route from "k" to "j" was completely overgrown - rideable but messy. The route had a lot of roads and Y's that ended up making it quite difficult to navigate. We backtracked multiple times and failed to find FR 4337 and the gate.

We ended up going off trail and navigating via compass until 5am. Not great!   

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Routes / Missoula Spur
« on: August 19, 2020, 03:30:43 pm »
I had a real problem route finding on the Missoula Spur riding from Missoula to Seeley Lake. The route details didn't seem sufficient beyond the 40 mile point with very ambiguous instructions and guidance. As an example, part of the route were quite overgrown (5 plus foot vegetation) and the description at Y's in the road were confusing. Given it was the first leg of my trip, it was a bad start. Has anyone ridden this route successfully (or unsuccessfully)? I think that at a minimum forest service maps or more beta are needed to get thru it.


Thanks!

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