An incredible creek-bottom singletrack ride that winds through pastoral pastures along Monture Ck.”
— Eric Melson
Wilderness boundary 10 miles in.
Monture Creek is one of the best intermediate level trails with a backcountry feel within a stone's throw of Missoula. Only one hour away from Missoula, and with a sweet campground at the trailhead, Monture should be on every Western Montana riders hit list.
Family Friendly: The first mile of Monture is on an old, logging road - ideal for beginners looking for a short, scenic ride. The next several miles are great, intermediate terrain with great sight lines and tread.
Need to Know
If you keep cruising on Monture, please keep your head up for stock use. This area is one of the main portals for horsemen entering the Bob Marshall Wilderness. If you encounter a horse, or a pack string, please step off carefully to the downside of the trail, remove your helmet (you look like an alligator to horses!) and talk quietly to the animals as they pass. Please respect the outfitters and their animals and do your best to keep the trail conflicts to an absolute zero!
There are several loop and out-and-back options that begin from Monture. This trail eventually runs into the Scapegoat Wilderness, making it an out-and-back ride unless you add in Falls Creek, Center Creek, or Spread Creek.
Beginning at Monture Creek Campground, take the main Monture Trail #27, which starts off on an old logging road for 1/2 mile before turning into sweet, swooping singletrack.
After one mile, the junction with Falls Creek is on your right. Falls Creek is an awesome out-and-back to Camp Pass, but be warned, it's quite a kick to get up.
Since this trail does encounter a Wilderness area, please be respectful of the regulations that prevent cyclists from entering the Wilderness. About 10 miles in (close to the Center Creek junction), there is a Wilderness boundary, this is your turn-around point unless you head up Center Creek to access Center Ridge.
Monture, Center Creek, Center Ridge, Falls Creek and Spread Creek are currently threatened by a proposal to expand existing Wilderness Boundaries. If you head into this area, please sign a visitor use card at the trailhead saying you are a mountain biker and what route you'll be riding. Stop by the cafe and bar in Ovando after your ride, mix it up with the locals and let them know you came there specifically for the amazing riding.