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Offline ste

Easy Montana Touring Route & Checklist
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:26:36 pm »
It's been 40 years since I've done bicycle touring. (Yes, I'm in my early 70s) I would greatly appreciate a recommendation for a touring route in Southwestern Montana (include Glacier or Yellowstone) of about 3 - 4 days for my first tour. I am set up for tent camping as long as water is available. (stream/potable)
Also, if anyone has a checklist for what to bring, that would be great.
Thanks, Stephen Peart (

Offline jamawani

Re: Easy Montana Touring Route & Checklist
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 07:16:49 pm »
Hi Stephen -

Glad to hear you are back on the bicycle.
Yes, there are plenty of places to tour in southwest Montana,
but this year may not be the best year to start back.
Especially around Yellowstone & Glacier.
And maybe not, if you're 70+.

You can make a wonderful circle around the Pioneer Mountains starting in Dillon.
Half of the route is part of the ACA TransAm route - so you'd see other cyclists.
Not a lot of big climbs, paved roads, low traffic, frequent services.
But you would be at high elevation throughout - in case you are coming from the coast.

I suggest heading counter-clockwise for a more gradual start:
Dillon to Divide Bridge - Old Highway 91 - 41 miles
Divide Bridge to Wisdom - Hwy 43 - 51 miles
Wisdom to Bannack - Hwy 278 & Bannack Rd - 48 miles
Bannack to Dillon - Bannack Rd, Hwy 278, Old Hwy 91 - 25 miles

Mileage of 45-50 per day. Leave your vehicle in Dillon.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Easy Montana Touring Route & Checklist
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 10:33:30 pm »
Just a friendly suggestion not to show your email as the "bots" scan for these and then you start getting a bunch of spam emails.  I think you can modify your message to delete it.

Tailwinds and welcome back!  John