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Lewis & Clark Questions
« on: September 04, 2004, 04:35:48 am »
A group from our church is looking at riding from Ft. Mandan to Ft. Peck, then by van to Missoula and then biking over the Lolo Trail, ending up in Kamiah, ID. How many days, average speed, would it take to ride from Ft. Mandan to Ft. Peck?

Also, how many days have people been taking to go over the Lolo Motorway? I know Western Spirit lists it as a 5 day trip. Is that about average? What sort of camping might we find on the Lolo?

If I can work out a timeframe, we can apply for a Lolo Trail permit in the USFS lottery in January.


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

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Offline CMajernik

Lewis & Clark Questions
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2004, 08:44:27 pm »
Will your group be supprted by a vehicle, or will you be
carrying all your own equipment? Cyclists can average more
miles a day if they have vehicle support. Ft. Mandan to Ft.
Peck is approximately 390 miles. If you do 60 miles/day you'll
finish that in 7 days. But you'll have to plan your overnights
where there are services, so some days may have more
mileage, and some days may be less.

Yes, 4-5 days would be average to travel the Lolo Motorway.
It will be much easier with vehicle support, but the riding will
still be difficult. It's quite a climb up to the ridgetop, and then
there's a series short, sometimes steep climbs and descents.
But it's beautiful, and you can see what the Corps of
Discovery saw (hopefully without the snow, of course!). There
are only 2 designated campgrounds along the route, very
near each other, but there are many spots for informal
camping. Most of them are used for horse packing or hunting
camps, and are located near running streams. Remember to
bring water filters with you.

Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program Director

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