Bike: Section 3, Deer Lodge

Montana Trail Section 3, Deer Lodge
Photo Credit: Jam

Endpoints: Lincoln, MT – Wise River, MT

Length: 190 miles. Unpaved 98%, paved 2%.

Elevation Gain: 21,200 feet

Description: This section, almost entirely unpaved, covers some very challenging terrain including over 45 miles of singletrack on the CDT east of Butte. Riders can bypass the singletrack by following the GDMBR into Butte meeting back up with the Montana Trail on Highland Rd. south of Butte. Note, there are several bike shops in Butte. From the junction of the CDT and Highland Rd. there is a steep descent down to Divide Creek and I-15. After passing under the interstate the climb up to Fleecer Ridge begins. For all but the most proficient mountain bikers, the descent down the back side of Fleecer Ridge will include some hike-a-bike. This section ends just outside of Wise River which has a small store, camping, limited lodging and a bar.

Section 3 Bike GPS data

Download bike section 3 .gpx file