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River Trail #223

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

9 miles of singletrack along the Clark Fork River. The trail begins heading under the railroad trellis and along the river and then begins climbing and desending the canyon walls. Dark, lush old growth forest. I did not see a soul here. The only sounds were the river, an ocassional train across the canyon and the birds. This is a gem of a trail. Technical, lush and and well worth it to this out of the way place. No one I have ever met, even in the area knew, of this trail. Do it as an out and back, 18 miles. Absolutely the best trail I rode in the state.
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Latitude
47.326257742121
Longitude
-114.90806579589844
Trail Directions
From Missoula head north west on I-90 to St. Regis and go east on highway 135. Look for a train bridge over the highway and a parking lot near it.
Trail Length
18 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
St. Regis
Zip/Postal Code
59866
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Doug Swain ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Took the advice of the other reviews, and started at the mm 14 bridge. This trail was just pure FUN pedally single track with some short punchy climbs.....and beautiful.... Did not want it to end. The other reviews describe it well, so i will just say that you should ride this trail. Make the drive, you will be glad you did...
Rode it on 09/12/11 trail conditions were excellent.



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Review Date
November 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mtn_times ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is mostly flat to rolling along the south bank of the Clark Fork - not through old growth forest as advertised, but goes through nice lush sections where cedars, yews and moss abound.

A number of short semi-technical steep climbs in between flat sections, with a few moderate rock chunks and root wads. When i rode it (11/09) there were a lot of logs on the trail in the middle, and had to get off my bike more than i would have liked, given i had lost a screw on one cleat, and was having lots of trouble unclipping :)

Overall good stuff except for the down logs - didn't see a single person.

Don't get the banana milkshake at the frosty shack, it does not have real bananas, and i'm not sure it had milk in it. The fries and special sauce are delicious though.

Recommended Route:
I started in St. Regis, and the first mile or so is along a gated road. Follow Mill creek road to its end, and after you come down hill there is a gate marked Trail 9113, which feeds into trail #223 after about a mile on the road (singletrack off to your left, marked with a hiking sign).

If i rode it again, i would start on the east side - i didn't quite finish the route, but i thought the ride was better further in. One very loose scree section at my mile 3.



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Review Date
June 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bigfoot_mt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome Trail, has a bit of everything. If you are coming from I-90 you can also get on the trail from the St. Regis side. take a right at the 4 way stop and then a left after you cross the bridge. Follow this road for a while as it climbs and then park where you see the Green FS gate on the right. Ride down this fire road and look for the single track to start on your left.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Iron Mountain Trail starting at Cascade Campground. Near mile marker 16 on Hwy 135.



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Review Date
March 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: abegold ,  Cross Country Rider



Comments
abegold (08/10/2007)
The map I have shows the trail on the St. Regis River but the trail description on the web shows it on the Clark Fork River. I was only there once so not sure which. Google 'River Trail #223' for the description listed.
abegold (06/24/2008)
Found a listing for this trail calling it the Clark Fork River Trail #223
abegold (04/02/2009)
Trail head marking is slightly off, a little farther east at mile post 12.5.
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