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.
- Location: Note the bracketing highway mile markers and approximate distance from one 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.
- Please provide your contact information in the space provided below the comment block.
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There is a surprisingly large snow patch on the trail a stones throw just south of the Larry Creek Road jct, as well as a remnant snow plow pile on the trail but you can get through it if you thread the eye of the needle of a small opening.
There’s another remnant snow plow pile on the trail at the Scarborough Lane jct that is passable, but you can get through it.
Anywhere the trail gets within 20 ft. of Hwy 93 there’s a lot of winter grit thrown on to the trail especially at the Sweeney Creek bridge, just north of the Larry Crk. Road jct, and the section just north of the Stevi light.
If you’re riding on narrow skinny tires be careful to ride gingerly in this stuff.
The trail from the Hwy 93/Hwy 12 light has a lot of winter gravel/grit on it and while plowed a lot of water seeping across it. From the last subdivision street going south the trail is pretty much dry with some remnant water from some snow plowed off 93 just before the “Ss” at the old 93 Park n Ride lot. When would the trail be brushed to clean off the gravel/grit?
From the Florence light going south the trail/sidewalk is pretty messy. I haven’t been south of that point yet.
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.
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.
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.
Snow removal was non-existent on the trail this winter from Hamilton to Stevensville and farther north as well.
Between mm 5 & 6. Tree limb down on trail blocking half of the trail.