“An easily accessible alpine ride with big views and rugged backcountry terrain.”
— Matt Radlowski
Climb on an old road bed that accesses the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) as it traverses along the southern edge of the Scapegoat Wilderness. There are options to make this ride longer and extend it all the way down to Rogers Pass (and possibly continue along the CDT toward Helena).
Need to Know
Heading west at the top of the Alice Creek Trail
will take you toward the Scapegoat Wilderness. Please respect the rules that restrict mountain bike use in Wilderness.
From the Alice Creek Trailhead parking lot, follow the sign for Alice Creek Trail
and begin riding up the creek bottom on an old road bed that is now a two-track. The two-track becomes rougher and more of a singletrack as the road climbs up several switchbacks to the CDT section on USFS Trail #440
. Once on the USFS Trail #440
, head east toward Lewis and Clark Pass.
The USFS Trail #440
traverses along the edge of the cliff face seen on your drive into the parking area then over Red Mountain. Sections of this trail are quite rocky and steep with tight switchbacks. After Red Mountain, the trail moves in and out of timbered sections and alpine meadows with excellent sight lines and epic views.
Once at Lewis and Clark Pass, follow the signs toward Alice Creek Trailhead approximately a mile and a half below the junction on USFS 4WD Trail #293
History & Background
There is a lot of history in this area. Lewis and Clark traversed over the pass now bearing their name on this section of trail in 1806.