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I live in Montana and from what I understand the forest service doesnt allow ebikes.

When I retire I would like to move somewhere that my house basically borders forest and want to ebike without harassment so I am looking for suggestions.
 

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Just to clarify, USFS in MT allows e-bikes on motorized trails, not on non-motorized trails (as far as I know this is how they operate in other states too). IDK what part of MT you are in, but you should check out Pipestone. Motors allowed, it has a long riding season, huge, dries quickly in the lower areas and has singletrack and cool rock features. I ride my MTB there, but having a little extra power would be nice for steep or sandy sections.
 

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The Forest Service does passively/actively allow eBikes on many trails where they actively ban motorcycles. They are in the process of allowing hem everywhere. Don't move yet.
This is a prime example of an opinion being passed off as fact. If people would simply use phrases such as "In my opinion, I believe ---------" we all can have meaningful dialog and have a good chance to identify possible solutions to some serious issues.
 

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This is a prime example of an opinion being passed off as fact. If people would simply use phrases such as "In my opinion, I believe ---------" we all can have meaningful dialog and have a good chance to identify possible solutions to some serious issues.
It's just a continuation of his continued pattern of trying to pass off outright lies as fact.
 

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Cite proof of this please.
https://www.singletracks.com/blog/t...ning-access-trails-around-us-surprising-ways/

The Tahoe national forest has an ongoing study to allow class 1 eBike access but I haven't been able to get specific details from the person running the study.

To answer the OP's question, California and specifically the Bay Area seems to be a bit more enlightened about EMTB access. Ironically, the best place to ride EMTB right now near a city may be the SF South Bay area. All of the Santa Clara county parks allow them on trails that bikes are allowed. And then there are the local state parks like Henry Coe and Wilder where they are allowed. It adds up to hundreds of miles of trail.

There are lots of homes that are near these places, but honestly NOBODY moves from Montana to the SF Bay Area. You won't find a decent home under $1M.

In Tahoe EMTB are allowed in the Lake Tahoe Nevada state park, but that's only about 50 miles of trail. I will say that there is zero interest in enforcing the rule in the rest of the Tahoe national forest. I see them all the time when I'm out hiking and actually seeing a ranger away from the major parking area trouble spots like Emerald Bay is like spotting a unicorn.

And then there is of course Downieville where EMTB access is allowed and promoted pretty heavily by the locals.
 

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It seems there are many people that believe they can do whatever they want as long as there are not enough resources available to enforce any existing regulations.

I will not argue that you will get away with your behavior. Until the land manager is forced to deal with the situation. Does not matter if we are discussing mountain bikers or electric motorized bikers.

If you forgo the efforts to build a solid relationship with land managers based upon trust, respect and integrity, do not be surprised if the land managers chose not to want to work with you once said land managers are faced with litigation due to your disrespectful actions. Furthermore, do not be surprised is others distance themselves from you in order to protect their privilege of trail access in other areas.

Finally, the title of this thread says a lot about the attitude of a sizable group of trail users.
 

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It seems there are many people that believe they can do whatever they want as long as there are not enough resources available to enforce any existing regulations.

I will not argue that you will get away with your behavior. Until the land manager is forced to deal with the situation. Does not matter if we are discussing mountain bikers or electric motorized bikers.

If you forgo the efforts to build a solid relationship with land managers based upon trust, respect and integrity, do not be surprised if the land managers chose not to want to work with you once said land managers are faced with litigation due to your disrespectful actions. Furthermore, do not be surprised is others distance themselves from you in order to protect their privilege of trail access in other areas.

Finally, the title of this thread says a lot about the attitude of a sizable group of trail users.
Non assist bikes lose trail access and eBikes gain it.
 

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That doesn't support those aforementioned wild ass claims.

Those trails have been moto trails since their inception.

Try again?
Why don't YOU try again?

"In addition to forest roads, OHV trails and motorcycle trails are open to e-bikes, and in 2019, the Tahoe NF will be extending opportunities for Class 1 E-MTB riders to use recommended non-motorized trails across the forest"
 
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