Backcountry Access

Keeping tabs on public lands

Missoula might not have the bike infrastructure of true meccas like Bellingham, WA or Nelson, BC, but we do have backcountry riding that rivals that of anywhere in the world. If you live here, you've got a 5 hour alpine epic from your door.


There's a myriad of ways these trails can become closed to riders. We work hard to maintain existing backcountry mountain bike access while ensuring the stability, health, and protection of public lands.

Here's a few ways we're doing that on the political side:

Lolo and Bitterroot Forest Plan Revisions

The USFS makes its major decisions about allowed uses through the Forest Plan process, upcoming on both the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests. With staff and a dedicated Advocacy committee, MTB Missoula is poised to make the mountain bike voice heard.

Read more about public lands issues on our blog post

Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act

Not to be confused with The Nature Conservancy's Clearwater Blackfoot Project, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a collaborative project sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester to manage Ovando, MT-area lands in a way that benefits all parties. 


Working across the aisle, representatives from Wilderness, logging, snowmobiling, horsepacking, and mountain biking hammered out an acceptable compromise. Sen. Tester introduced his bill to Congress in the fall of 2017. Through our staffed, consistent presence, MTB Missoula is securing a seat at the table, and using it to ensure mountain biking is considered in decisions about local land management.

Read more about the BCSP/BCSA here and here

Get Involved: Action Alerts ​

We need your help! Ultimately, the public process often comes down to numbers. If you're passionate about backcountry mountain bike access, make sure you sign up for our mailing list so you'll get notifications when your comment is needed.