Report Maintenance Issues

What needs to be fixed on the trail!

Please tell us about blockages or other problems on the trail. We need your help in keeping the Bitterroot Trail safe for all users.

Please provide:

  • Location: Note the bracketing mile markers and approximate distance from on or both
  • Type of problem: Blockage, trash on trail, rough pavement, etc.
  • Specific description of problem; for example: large tree limb fallen onto trail, mattress from passing vehicle on trail, loose sand washed onto trail, etc.
  • The date and approximate time you noticed this issue.
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  • commented 2017-06-25 06:29:33 -0600
    The last 2 weeks there has been a persistence large puddle a few yards just north of the Bass Creek Road/trail junction. There is water coming down the Bass Creek Road then it flows down on to the trail at the jct. Then goes on to the trail and collects in a sizeable puddle on the south side of the north Bass Creek bridge.


    Either someone up the Bass Creek Road has left their kitchen faucet on (:)), or an irrigation ditch up the road is overflowing (likely the latter).


    I’ve been riding the trail regularly, and drove by that area yesterday and that situation continues to persist. I’ll be riding through there this morning.
  • commented 2017-04-17 15:11:09 -0600
    I rode from Lolo to Hamilton & back yesterday. The trail looks good except for the following.

    1. - From the Kootenai Creek road to the Stevi Hwy 93 light there’s still a lot of winter grit/gravel on the trail where the trail of within 20 ft. of the Hwy.



    1. - All the trail bridge crossings from the Stevi Hwy 93 light to Hamilton have gravel/grit on them except for the Blodgett and Bear Creek crossings. The trail is clear but for some reason the bridges (including the Bitterroot River at Hamilton) have grit on them.

  • commented 2017-03-02 21:05:42 -0700
    I rode through the problem area at Sweeney Creek today and down to Stevi from Lolo. First time this year.


    There are a few remnant patches of snow in the JW Temple area on the path but they should be gone soon. But one must keep an eye out for a few snow/ice piles at road/trail jcts that are very slow in melting.


    Again the trail is heavily impacted by road grit & stones when the trail is within ~15 ft. of 93 and at road/trail intersections. The trail is pretty good when it stays outside the 15 ft distance from 93. The section from the Larry Crk road (past that little bump just past Larry Creek) and what I call the Bass Crk Hill is heavily impacted by road grit/stones up to the top of the grade but clear down the south side where the cattle underpass is. There’s also grit/stones on the trail again when it gets close to the hwy all the way to Stevi.


    Expect punctures with anything less than cyclo-cross/street mtn bike tires with bullet-proof construction and HD tubes. I also have tire/tube liners on my winter bike to deal with all the grit/stone stuff. Also watch out for a fine selection of discarded beer cans/bottles, broken glass, car/truck tire remnants and assorted car parts on the trail.


    The trail needs a pickup with a rotating brush on the front to sweep it clear and it should be pretty good.


    My .02.
  • commented 2017-03-01 19:54:25 -0700
    In the forested area of the Jehovahs Witness temple just south of Sweeney Creek (south of Florence but before the Larry Creek road) there are numerous aspen tree roots that are undermining the trail and pushing up the pavement creating a very rough section. This as been the case for the last 4 years.


    In the past years the trail has poor water drainage just south of there in the large open area before the Bass Creek crossings. Water drainage from the field comes over the trail in several areas.


    Also, as of last week the trail is blocked by snow & debris from winter plowing on Hwy 93 from the Sweeney Creek bridge on south. From the point through the forested section the trail is shaded and it looks like the sun has not helped melt snow from the trail . It looks like there’s been no plowing of that section of the trail as taken place this winter.


    Lastly, the section of the trail on the sidewalk section of it from the Florence traffic light south to the Jukebox business is extremely dirty with grit and sand from the adjacent Hwy 93. South of the “Jukebox” the trail is fine since it’s set-back from the Hwy.
  • commented 2017-03-01 08:13:58 -0700
    Trash and gravel on the trail at the bridge across the Bitter Root River north of Hamilton, as well as along the river north of Blodgett Creek. In general, the whole trail badly needs sweeping, especially where it is near the highway.

    Snow removal was non-existent on the trail this winter from Hamilton to Stevensville and farther north as well.
  • commented 2016-11-07 15:04:06 -0700
    This is a test:

    Between mm 5 & 6. Tree limb down on trail blocking half of the trail.
  • published this page 2016-11-07 15:02:19 -0700