Beyond Rivers Edge - Trail, Great Falls, Montana

Beyond Rivers Edge - Trail, Great Falls, Montana

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 12, 2007]
rayray74
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

North Shore trail

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4
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4
[Mar 15, 2007]
boisebomber
Weekend Warrior

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!

Customer Service

ryan dam or Marony Dam TH.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Jun 06, 2005]
colby_mck
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

The North Shore Trail Highwood Mountains

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 22, 2001]
Danny

This trail is for beginners to experts. Its starts off easier and the farther you get from civilization the better (harder) its gets. Sort of a reward for being in shape. The trail should be ridden when went becasue the mud will lock you up in a second. Great trail for all levels but hammer dogs can really enjoy its drop-ins and rock drops.

Customer Service

Striaght out from Rivers Edge Trail ar first fork take the right and follow it around to first ripping down. At the base of the first down hang a sharp left and follow single track up about 80 per cent of the ridge. Once the trail opens to several options stay to the left and get on the single track right along the edge of the cliff. Then its a single track all the way to a large coolie. Then turn around a trace your tread marks back. Believe me out and back don't seem like the same trail. Once you get back to the base of the first hill hang to the right and take last section of really narrow single track. Just a great way to end your tour.

Similar Products Used:

Highwood Trails

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RATING
4
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[May 13, 2002]
Dan

Excellent single track. Great downhill and Climbs nice all around trail for beginners and more advanced riders.

Customer Service

same as above

Similar Products Used:

Highwoods

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4
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RATING
[Sep 28, 2002]
Diamond

This is an out and back trail, but it is a dif. trail on the way back in, your tired and the turns and drops, are dif. the view is dif. as well. Nice rollercoaster type ride, good climbing with fast short steep decents. Go past the 3rd set of waterfalls along the river for some great views.

Customer Service

From Town ride paved bike trail along river, keep an eye out for the single track along the way, little bits here and there, nice change to paved all the way. Once you get into the park area, you'll come up the end of the paved trail, take the single/double track from there. Stay left for a more technical ride, less tech. stay right on the double track.

Similar Products Used:

Highwoods

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4
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[Oct 20, 2002]
Charles

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

Customer Service

Same as above.

Similar Products Used:

Highwood and Monarch.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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[May 09, 2003]
mark

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!

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

Windy Mtn loop(s) in the Highwood Mtns

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RATING
3
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