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Beyond Rivers Edge

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The single track follows the edge of the river. You'll start off riding a ridge which won't let you live through a major mistake. Good dirt with lots of whoops, rock out croppings, and short drops. Then the trail moves slightly inland and turns into a roller coaster with several ripping downs followed by steep ups. Pretty much an out and back single track but if you choose you can ride back on a double track dirt road just hug the ridge until it brings you back to single track.
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Latitude
47.529488341715265
Longitude
-111.20601654052734
Trail Directions
Go down stream from any point along the Great Falls Rivers Edge Trail and when it turns to dirt you've found it.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Great Falls
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Review Date
May 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rayray74 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The name of this trail should actually be changed to the south shore trail. You can connect to the North Shore on certain weekends in the summer when they open up Cochrane Dam. Anyway the trail starts off with a fun downhill all the way to whitmore ravine, then climbs up to the "roller Coaster". After the roller coaster the trail merges with double track. There is an un-official trail (hopefully soon to be official) to the left that has been nicknamed "mayhem". This is one of the more challenging sections of trail in the area. The trail connects back to the double track and continues to follow the river with a combination of single and double track. I've never ridden to the end, but I understand you can ride all the way to Box Elder Creek.

Recommended Route:
Start at rainbow dam overlook parking lot and follow the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Shore trail



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Review Date
March 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It is called North Shore Trail as part of Rivers Edge Trail System.

take 87 N. over the bridge and follow the signs.

First there is the starting point. you can go to the TH at Rainbow Dam and ride 5 miles on gravel to the S-T trail head at Ryan Dam. Or you can drive out to Ryan Dam/Maroney Dam TH . the S-T starts here and runs between the 2 dams. the S-T is about 4 miles OW. At Ryan dam TH there is a 1.6 mile spur OW that heads toward Rainbow Dam and the gravel road section.

Excellent signage at TH's and along trail.

The S-T follows the river, in some places your on a rim 100'-150' above river. there is a parellel section that goes inland and rejoins main trail.

lots of challenging S-T , and enuf vertical grade changes to get an excellent workout. plenty of vistas: the river, 3 dams, the town , the belt mountains, rolling prarire , waterfowl and wildlife. i suspect rattlers in summer!

some sections I rate a 5. if you spill you could roll or fall 50-100' into the river. if your still clipped on its "hello davy jones"

good workout, good challenge, great scenery.

one of my favorites!

Recommended Route:
ryan dam or Marony Dam TH.



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Review Date
June 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: colby_mck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one of Great Falls' nicest singletrack trails. One of the best things about this particular one is that you don't have to drive 20 minutes to get the trailhead. It starts at the end of Rainbow Falls and goes for a long ways. There is plenty of good dips, hills, and descents. I ride my full suspension on it, but it's not really nescesary. A hardtail would be more suitable. You get plenty of great views of the river and it's most pretty at sunset. The only thing you have to worry about then is the bugs. They come out in swarms.

Recommended Route:
Start at the end of the pavemnt at Rainbow Dam. The trail goes for quite a ways, and gets better the further you go. Be sure to bring some water with you though. It's a pretty tough ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The North Shore Trail
Highwood Mountains



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Review Date
May 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mark , from Great big Falls, MT

Summary:
This trail is all as described previously, but I'd just like to add: Prevailing wind and gravity makes the ride back more difficult than the ride out. If the temperature is above 80 degrees, beware of rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the rocks and on the trail. Ride Fast!

Recommended Route:
same as above. go as far as you can, and it gets a LOT more sparse and technical.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Windy Mtn loop(s) in the Highwood Mtns



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Review Date
October 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Charles , from Great Falls

Summary:
Nice trail for those who like to go slow and maintain your balance.
Good trail for those riders who like to follow the river.

Recommended Route:
Same as above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Highwood and Monarch.



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