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Silver Run

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Why no others listings for Montana trails? There is some great riding in this state. Silver run is a series of loops (3 at last check). It starts as a rugged double track road but after a mile or so becomes a very nice single track. Like most rocky mountain rides the trail is a 2-3 mile gradual but somewhat challenging climb out and a very fast downhill back to the trail head. Highlights include a baby head boulder section (these rocks look more like babies heads than any I have seen), riding creekside on the very scenic Rock Creek, an old miner's cabin, and white-knuckle speed on the downhill section with some nicely banked curves (and some you wished were banked a little more nicely). I am not a local and have ridden the trail only a half dozen times or so. I do know that there are some dedicated locals who maintain the trail and undoubtedly could give a better description of this and other trails in and around Red Lodge as well as directions to trailhead. Wacky's Spoke and Hackle (LBS) was the epicenter of local riding last time I was there. Hopefully this posting will break the seal and more poeple will share there "secret" Montana rides.
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Latitude
45.182036837015886
Longitude
-109.25079345703125
Trail Directions
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Red Lodge
   


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Review Date
June 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Johnny ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A little of everything. Good single track, old fire roads, rock gardens, bridges, climbs, moderate downhill.

The loops get more difficult as you go, and loop 3 is not marked, so easy to miss. I ride the complete loop. Challenging enough for a weekend warrior like me, I love it. The downhill and rock gardens on the last 2 sections would probably discourage most riders with little to no experience. I cut my chops riding Zimmerman for a long time before I ever went to Silver Run. But, for a long travel trail bike (My titus el guapo eats it up), this ride has it all (I do see hardtails on the trail, but I wouldn't blaze the rock gardens on one). The climb out can be rough, as the way out (either way) is mostly uphill, but the ride back is all worth it.

This trail does get used by hikers and horse riders as well, so be alert, but if you go during the week, usually have it all to yourself.

Recommended Route:
I ride clockwise so the downhill portions are on smoother trail, and you can really get hauling.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is Beartooth loop on the top of the pass, but only open and snow free mid july through august. I haven't ridden it yet, but hear good things. I'm familiar with the Beartooth pass, and it's Montana's version of the Alps.



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Review Date
January 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sam , from Red Lodge, MONTANA

Summary:
Alot of the trails in the Beartooths are single track and all probably kick butt. The trails I named have alot of big granit jumps and tons of wash boards, so finding air is no problem. Just the transitions after them you have to look out for. LOTS of loose rocks and big trees in the trails. Alot of tight fast single track.

Recommended Route:
Start at trailhead and ride till you hit single track (A Y as soon as as single track starts allways stay to the left on the trail.) There are 4 loops going from novice to expert. First two loops are Novice, loops 3, and 4 are expert. Now on loop 1 there in a cabin, take a left at the cabin to ride Ingles creek. This is for Expert only. Its a 5 mile loop of half all up hill and very steep granny grinding, the other hald is some of the fastest single track down hill on earth. SWEET. All I can say is these few trails rock if you can take the elevation. Oh yes and the Local Bike shop rules. Theres this old roady-mountain biker that nows his stuff, his son takes after him. The shop is samll and in back of a Radio Shack store. There on top of things. They also know alot about the trails. The shop is very small but they have probably what you would need. Der, tires, rims, spokes, tubes, handle bars, ect.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morison Jeep trail. Line Creek Trail, Troad, Basin trail, and tons more.



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Review Date
February 22, 2001

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: Bill , from Billings

Summary:
It is a series of three sequential loops. They don't take long to ride, maybe 75 minutes if you ride all loops in their entirety. I have usually riden this trail with my daughter, who is now 11 and will ride this trail for her third season, come this spring. The further you go in, the more difficult it is, but, it is never hard.

Recommended Route:
I ride it both clockwise and counter clockwisehard.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Numerous trail exist in the area, some are epic. More should be available and/or created. Some that I have ridden include:



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Review Date
April 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: David , from Billings

Summary:
Good mix of forest service road, single track and technical sections with a couple of short lung burner climbs. The only thing stopping this trail from being a great one is it is only about 4.5 miles or so and it can get crowded on weekends. At the top by the miner shack/warming hut, you can turn onto Ingles (Engles?) Creek trail if you want to test your climbing ability on very tight switchbacks that go up and up and up....It gains around 1500 feet in four miles. Be sure to control your speed coming down as others are usually coming up too.

Recommended Route:
I prefer going counter clockwise but when many people are on it, traffic seems to go clock wise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morrison Jeep Trail, not overly technical but it crests at around 10,000 feet.



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Review Date
February 14, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: A RESIDENT , from MT

Summary:
The answer to the ? in the review regarding the riding in the state:
why attract?
do you need to be told in an area so vast?
is it not more fun to explore?

Recommended Route:
Be curious!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you know what and where green-land is then...



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