2016 Jim Schmid bicycles 31 miles of Bitterroot Trail – Missoula to Victor, MT

While in Missoula, MT during the end of May I heard about the project to extend the Bitterroot Trail from Lolo into Missoula. The Lolo to Hamilton segment was already in place. When complete the trail will be a 50-mile paved path that connects Missoula and Hamilton as it parallels the Bitterroot Mountains. There is an opening day bike ride planned for July 16, 2016 during the first Montana Bicycle Celebration. The guys at REI thought the new segment had been finished. Far from it. I started in Missoula and headed south on old trail, new trail, and roads to get around segments under construction. I I biked the Missoula to Lolo segment in the morning and biked the old segment from Lolo to Victor in the afternoon. Ran out of daylight so never made it to Hamilton.