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    1 day only. Butte or Missoula?

    Like the title suggests, I'll be passing through the Big Sky state with the bikes and have one day to ride just before labor day weekend. I figured Missoula would be a good choice, maybe up at Snowbowl? Or is the Rattlesnake rec area or Blue mtn considerably better?

    Then I realized I'll also be going through Butte, and I could make that be my stopping point. I have friends who have done the Butte 100 and say they have pretty good riding there too. Beaver Ponds?

    Either way, I'll be camping and I know I'll have no trouble finding that on the outskirts of either town. As for riding, I wanna get the goods, but I don't want an all day back country epic. Something in the 2-4 hr range that is moderately well marked as I'm on a time schedule and would rather not get lost by myself (kinda why I was thinking Snowbowl - if the riding there is decent.)

    I've been searching the internet machine, but it hasn't turned up a bunch of info...
    Thanks.

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    Butte.

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    I heard there's a good lake to swim in just above town too...

    Let me guess, you're from Missoula?

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    Delmore Lake.

    I'm an ex-Buttant. Fighting's one of the joys of living there.
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    Butte for sure, Missoula trails are not well marked and camping at Homestake pass will be much more enjoyable than around Missoula. Ride the CDT south of the pass as and out & back sounds like jsut what youre looking for. 100% singletrack, well marked and as long as you want to make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtengineer View Post
    Butte for sure, ... Ride the CDT south of the pass as and out & back sounds like jsut what youre looking for. 100% singletrack, well marked and as long as you want to make it.
    Agreed. The lake that Twisted refers to is actually Delmoe Lake and it's a bit of a long drive down a windy dirt road to get to it. If I were you, I'd camp right off of I-90 north of the highway near the smaller lake that's visible just as you drive by. The CDT is great either to the south or north of that spot. You can ride from camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-T View Post
    Agreed. The lake that Twisted refers to is actually Delmoe Lake and it's a bit of a long drive down a windy dirt road to get to it. If I were you, I'd camp right off of I-90 north of the highway near the smaller lake that's visible just as you drive by. The CDT is great either to the south or north of that spot. You can ride from camp.
    very good recomendation

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    Thanks for the recommendations. CDT sounds perfect.

    When headed south from Homestake Pass, would you generally usually go all the way to Pipestone Pass or turn around before that point?

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    go to pipestone and back. good 3 hour ride.
    it is not very often you can start that high up in elvation on ridgetop ride

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    Another vote for Butte and the CDT. Super convenient and worth every minute.
    I don't know what trail we're on, but at least it's getting dark

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMZ View Post
    Thanks for the recommendations. CDT sounds perfect.

    When headed south from Homestake Pass, would you generally usually go all the way to Pipestone Pass or turn around before that point?
    You make a RIGHT @ Beaver Ponds trail.

    That brings you out to the rural hwy which you take a left and climb back up to Pipestone, and join the CDT on the left which takes you back to your car at homestake.

    It's a lollypop loop.

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    I'll have to hit this up sometime in the future. Forest fires kept me from riding it this trip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMZ View Post
    I'll have to hit this up sometime in the future. Forest fires kept me from riding it this trip...
    So CDT near Butte is currently a no-go due to fires?

    Dang, I've got an epic day scheduled there for September 16.

    Details appreciated!
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    Last Wednesday (the 29th?) it looked like the apocalypse up there, but I can only imagine it's improved.

    Maybe some Locs chime in on what it may look like in two weeks.

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    No trip to Mintana is complete without a visit to Butte America.

    My family is from Butte, though I grew up in Great Falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMZ View Post
    Last Wednesday (the 29th?) it looked like the apocalypse up there, but I can only imagine it's improved.

    Maybe some Locs chime in on what it may look like in two weeks.
    That was when the 19 Mile fire was taking off - I'm sure that's what you saw.

    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    So CDT near Butte is currently a no-go due to fires?

    Dang, I've got an epic day scheduled there for September 16.

    Details appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    That was when the 19 Mile fire was taking off - I'm sure that's what you saw.



    Watch the Inciweb page for updates.
    Killer!

    Thanks for the link!

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