Route Overview

Region

Western Montana

Miles

128

Days Out

2-3

Physical Difficulty

5/10

Season

Summer to Early Fall

Elevation Gain

7,000' Westbound
8,800' Eastbound

Tire Size

≥ 1.5”

Technical Difficulty

4/10

Route Map

Route Details

The Bitterroot Connector links the WWR at Darby, Montana to the GDMBR at Wise River, Montana by way of stunning Sapphire Mountains, Georgetown Lake, and the small mining town of Anaconda. The riding on this route is fast, following well-maintained gravel roads and quiet pavement.

  • Riding through the scenic Sapphire Mountains
  • A stop at the jewel-like Georgetown Lake below the Anaconda Mountains
  • The quaint mining town of Anaconda, Montana
  • What kind of bike should I ride? We recommend a mountain or gravel bike with tires at least 1.5” wide.
  • What’s the ideal time of year to ride the route? Generally summer to early fall, but it depends on the year. See the route guide for more details.
  • How long will the route take to ride? Generally 2 to 3 days, but it depends on the rider.
  • Do I need any special permits? No permits are needed for riding on this route. 
  • Are there any specific safety considerations on this route? This route traverses grizzly and black bear country. See the route guide for more details.
  • What is the longest distance between water sources? 25 miles. See the route guide for more details.
  • What is the longest distance between resupplies? 79 miles. See the route guide for more details.
  • Is it easy to find places to camp? Yes, dispersed camping is often relatively easy to find, but some routes also include some lengthy sections of private lands. See the guidebook for specific restrictions and suggestions.
  • Can I ride the route in either direction? Yes. However, the guidebook is written west-to-east.
  • How do I follow the route? These routes are not marked on the ground in any way. You will need to load the route data onto a GPS unit, or use the Bicycle Routes Navigator smartphone app.
  • GPS waypoints and PDF Route Guide
  • Or, find the Bicycle Route Navigator App in your phone’s app store

If you encounter any inaccuracies or changes please let us know at [email protected]

  • There are no route updates yet.
  • Kurt Refsnider and Aaron Crouch for their route development.
  • The Adventure Cycling Association for partnering with us to develop this route.
  • This route traverses the traditional lands of the Salish and Shoshone Bannock peoples.