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Montana's Passes and Summits by Bicycle




PAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES - HIGHEST FIRST
Name
elevation (ft)
nearby towns
location
  10000 - 10999  
Beartooth Pass 10940 - Much of the road is in Montana, but the summit just happens to be over the border in Wyoming
  9000 - 9999  
  8000 - 8999  
Coulter Pass 8066 Cooke City Yellowstone Plateau
  7000 - 7999  
Bighole Pass 7360 Jackson, Bannack Bighole Mtns
Targhee Pass 7072
  6000 - 6999  
Monida Pass 6980 Dell Centennial Mtns/ Beaverhead Mtns
Mt287 Ennis - Virginia City s(u) 6920 Ennis, Alder
Raynolds Pass 6824 (Henry's Lake) Yellowstone Plateau
Logan Pass 6646 (Glacier NP) Glacier National Park
MacDonald Pass 6230 Boulder Mountains Helena
Flesher Pass 6129 Rocky Mtns Stanley, Helena
  5000 - 5999    
Lolo Pass 5233 Bitterroot Range Lolo
Marias Pass 5213 Columbia Falls Glacier National Park


UNPAVED AND TRAILS SUMMITS AND PASSES - HIGHEST FIRST
Name
elevation (ft)
nearby towns
location
  10000 - 10999  
  9000 - 9999  
FR290 Monument Ridge s(u) 9587 Ennis Gravelly Range
  8000 - 8999  
FR606 French Creek - Thief Creek Rd s(u) 8840 Dillon Pioneer Range
FR290 Broomtail Ridge(sh) 8759 Ennis Gravelly Range
  7000 - 7999  
Medicine Lodge Pass/ Big Sheep Creek Divide 7841 Dell Beaverhead Mtns
Medicine Lodge Rd via Cabin Creek Rd(sh) 7700 Dell Beaverhead Mtns
Lone Tree Pass 7650 (Henry's Lake)
Lemhi Pass 7378 Tendoy Lemhi Range
Lost Trail Rd s(u) 7330 Salmon, Hamillton Beaverhead Mtns / Saphire Range
Skalkaho Pass 7250 Hamilton Saphire Range
Hyalite Canyon(ow) 7150 Bozeman Gallatin Range
Big Hole Pass 7040 Gibbonsville Beaverhead Range
FR485 Marsh Creek Rd s(u) 7020 Helena Rocky Mtns
  6000 - 6999  
Gibbons Pass 6945 Wisdom, Sula Bitterroot Mtns
Flathead Pass 6920 Bozman Bridger Range
Ottawa Gulch Rd via Loar Horse Rd s(u) 6840 Helena Rocky Mtns
Nez Perce Pass 6587 Hamilton Salmon River Mtns
Stemple Pass 6400 Stanley, Helena Rocky Mtns
Priest Pass 6050 Helena Boulder Mtns
  5000 - 5999    
Mullan Pass 5920 Helena Boulder Mtns
  4000 - 4999    
FR5621 Como Lake Rd s(u) 4760 Hamilton Bitterroot Mtns


ALL SUMMITS AND PASSES - ALPHABETICAL ORDER
B - PAVED - Beartooth Pass - (10940ft) - Much of the road is in Montana, but the summit just happens to be over the border in Wyoming
- PAVED - Big Hole Pass - (7360ft) - a ride through wide open southern Montana rangeland
-   UNP   - Big Hole Pass - (7040ft) - CD crossing in a low part of the Beaverhead Range, parallel to Chief Joseph Pass
-   UNP   - Big Sheep Creek Divide - new name for historical Medicine Lodge Pass
C - PAVED - Chief Joseph Pass - (7251ft) - relatively recently constructed road through the forest
- PAVED - Colter Pass (8066ft) - road through Absaroka mtns between Beartooth Pass (Wy) and Cooke City
-   UNP   - Flathead Pass - (6920ft) - pass in Bridger Range near Bozeman, with two very different approaches
- PAVED - Flesher Pass - 6129ft - great climb to a summit with a view towards a huge roadless area
F -   UNP   -  FR290 shoulder summit: Broomtail Ridge - (8759ft) - more ways to get above treeline in the Gravelly Range
-   UNP   -  FR290 summit(u): Monument Ridge - (9587ft) - a long ridge ride in the Gravelly Range, my favorite ride in Montana.
-   UNP   -  FR485 Marsh Creek Rd s(u) - 7020ft - GDMBR summit near the famed Lucky Llama Ranch
-   UNP   -  FR606 summit(u) French Creek - Thief Creek Rd - 8840ft - a high road in the Pioneer Mountains
-   UNP   -  FR5621 Como Lake Rd - (4760ft) - small summit in the nearly roadless Bitterroot Range with a pretty lake at its foot
G -   UNP   -  Gibbons Pass - 6945ft - This peacefull dirt road is one one of the most historically interesting passes in Montana.
-   UNP   - Hyalite Canyon(ow) - (7150ft) - partially paved, shallow climb to several Gallatin Range trailheads
L -   UNP   -  Lemhi Pass - (7378ft) - where Lewis and Clarke crossed the continental divide is a popular mountain bike touring area today.
- PAVED - Logan Pass  - (6646ft) - better known as "going to the sun road"; probably America's best internationally known pass for cycling tourists. In spite of this, cyclists are heavily restricted during what time of day they can cross.
- PAVED - Lolo Pass - (5233ft) - long forest hills route across the CD between Montana and Idaho canyons with a long history
-   UNP   - Lone Tree Pass - (7650ft) - route finding problems are rewarded with superb views onto the Centennial Range.
-   UNP   - Lost Trail Rd s(u) - (7330ft) - forested road connecting Gibbons Pass and Lost Trail Pass
M - PAVED - Mac Donald Pass - (6320ft) - four lane highway west of Helena, good shoulder on 2 lanes on the other side
- PAVED - Marias Pass - (5213ft) - perfect pandemic Montana road ride conditions -  much traffic at other times
-   UNP   - Medicine Lodge Pass - (7841ft ) - historical crossing of the Bannock Rd - spectacular, high, open mountain park
-   UNP   - Medicine Lodge Pass Rd via Cabin Creek Rd(sh) - (7700ft) - high point on a loop on east side of Medicine Lodge Pass
- PAVED - Monida Pass - (6890ft) - extremely shallow gap on I15 on the Idaho boundary
- PAVED - Mt287 summit(u) Ennis - Virginia City - (6920ft) - it's a mystery to me why nobody ever bothered to name this mountain pass.
-   UNP   - Mullan Pass - (5920ft) - historical road and railroad pass parallel to Mac Donald Pass, part of the GDMBR
N -   UNP   - Nez Perce Pass - 6587ft - touring route leading into the endless forests of northern Idaho and untamable Salmon River Canyon area.
O -   UNP   - Ottawa Gulch Rd via Lost Horse Creek Rd(sh) - 6840ft - access to the highest one way bikable summit in this particular area north of Helena
P -   UNP   - Priest Pass - 6050ft - pleasant forested road on the GDMBR, that has a history going back to Mac Donald Pass
R - PAVED - Raynolds Pass - 6824ft - low pass in Yellowstone area with rumble strips on the sides
S -    UNP   - Skalkaho Pass - 7250ft - long, wide dirt road through the Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton
-    UNP   - Stemple Pass - 6400ft - smooth forested road over gentle part of the DC
T - PAVED - Targhee Pass - 7072ft - heavy Yellowstone tourist traffic over a low pass without scenery
W -    UNP   - Whitefish Divide - apr5600ft - northernmost pass on the Great Divide Bicycle Trail. From West: Eureka (2577ft). From East: Trail Creek (3800ft).



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