Team Rockford's Favorite Rides

Team Rockford's Favorite Rides

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Derek Loudermilk

Five Bozeman-area classics.

The call of the open road is strong, especially this time of year. If you're new to cycling, new to the area, or just want to ditch your same old routine, read on. The following rides are local classics; you can follow them as prescribed, or make up your own permutations. Just remember to pedal hard, stay safe, and enjoy the ride. 

Triple Tree Lunchtime Loop
Main Roads: Sourdough, Triple Tree, Tayabeshockup
Distance: 13 miles
Time: 1 hour
Elevation: One short climb up to Triple Tree
Difficulty: Easy

Hyalite Canyon (closed to cars in the spring)
Main Roads: South 19th, Hyalite Canyon Road
Distance: 36 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Elevation: False flat up to the base of the Canyon, extended 9-mile climb up Hyalite
Difficulty: Medium

Springhill Loop
Main roads: Springhill, Reese Creek, Dry Creek, Nelson Road, Davis Lane
Distance: 36 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Elevation: Flat to rolling
Difficulty: Easy/medium

The Lewis and Clark Caverns Loop (location of MSU Bobcats’ spring race on April 14)
Start: Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks
Main roads: HWY 2, 287, and 359
Distance: 35 miles (repeat as needed)
Time: 2-3 hours
Elevation: Rolling
Difficulty: Medium

Livingston and Back
Main Roads: Kelly Canyon, Bridger Canyon, Jackson Creek, I-90 frontage
Distance: ~65 miles
Time: 4-5 hours
Elevation: Multiple extended climbs
Difficulty: Challenging

Around the Block
Main Roads: Bridger Canyon over Battle Ridge Pass to Wilsall, US 89 to Livingston, I-90 frontage road, Jackson Creek, Bridger Canyon
Distance: 100 miles
Time: 6-7 hours
Elevation: Multiple extended climbs
Difficulty: Very challenging

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