River Trail #223 - TRAIL

River Trail #223 - Trail, St. Regis, Montana

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.

User Reviews (4)

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Doug Swain   Cross Country Rider [Sep 13, 2011]

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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5
VALUE
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3
Eli_T   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2010]

People seem to like this trail, but, for the life of me, I'm not sure why. The trail is, in a word, lumpy. It is not smooth and fast, nor technical and challenging. Just lumpy. You roll along most boring terrain with small rocks sticking up on the trail. There is no avoiding the rocks, nor need you bother because they are small enough that you can roll right over them, and you will. But, you and your bike will annoyingly shimmy during the course of the 18 miles. You'll experience nary a grin inducing downhill, nor a truly interesting climb. That said, the trail is attractively situated on the side of the river, and you'll likely see few to no people on the trail. Some times the fact that you are the only one on the trail is a true blessing, other times it is merely an indication that you would have done better to spin your wheels on another trail. Sadly, on this trail, the latter is true.

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2
VALUE
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2
p_avenger   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2010]

This is quite the set of singletrack. In my opinion, some of the best singletrack around. This trail has the works; pleanty of technical sections of rocks, roots, and steep ups but also pleanty of quick rolling trail through a mix of smooth and rocky singletrack. the trail follows the steep face of the mountains surrounding the clark fork river valley so there are no full-on climbs but many steet ups on exposed trail. I would definately recommend this trail to any XC or trail rider who loves singletrack.

Customer Service

Drive 12.5 miles north of St. Regis on state HW 135 and take a left just feet past the first bridge over clarkfork. park in the day use area and begin the ride by riding beneath the bridge. take the first singletrack spur to the left (just a short distance from the bridges) and from there the trail is pretty self evident. after about 9 miles I would suggest turning around before the trail turns to a doubletrack forest service road.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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4
Mtn_times   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2009]

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
bigfoot_mt   Cross Country Rider [Jun 03, 2008]

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.

Similar Products Used: Iron Mountain Trail starting at Cascade Campground. Near mile marker 16 on Hwy 135.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
abegold   [Mar 03, 2006]
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5
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