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Project: Marshall Mountain

Dual Slalom Course, Marshall Mt

Marshall is open!

Just a few years back, Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) acquired the upper half of the old Marshall Mountain ski area and approached us about building trails. Their commitment to public access, conservation, and recreation is what makes our work here possible. Since the Spring of 2016, we've built 6 miles of new, bike-optimized trails which we paid for through grants, business sponsorship, and the sweat of our volunteers. Including two bike-only, directional downhill trails.

In the spring of 2021, some local philanthropists known as Izzy Dog LLC acquired the base area to ensure the possibility of permanent, public access from the base of the mountain. The base area is currently managed by the City of Missoula for public use, as they undergo a public planning process and raise funds for public acquisition. 

We couldn't be more excited for the developments at Marshall Mountain and look forward to its long, prosperous, and recreation-filled future.

Get the latest on the City's work at Marshall and learn how to engage with the project on the Engage Missoula website.

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Hello Kitty

Sometimes you just don't want to hit your brakes that much. So we milked 1.5 miles of trail out of just 550 ft of vert. 

There's something like 37 berms and around 50 jumps, but everything is rollable and rideable at low speed. So you can really choose your own adventure. 

Check it out on Trailforks

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2017 Collegiate Nats

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MTBM hosted Collegiate Nationals at Marshall in October 2017. Winter Ramos captured the muddy and fun Dual Slalom.

Bjorn Again: Missoula DH

With a significant fundraising opportunity provided by Big Sky Brewing in the summer of 2016, MTB Missoula received one condition: do something cool. We couldn't think of anything better than Missoula's first public-access bike-only downhill trail. 

Volunteers showed up for somewhere north of 22 organized trail days to leverage the in-house excavation and get this built. The volunteer enthusiasm proved our hypothesis that with the right project, we can bring an even wider constituency into public lands and trails stewardship. The trail opened just in time to host the 2017 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship Downhill, and a few weeks later it was christened "Bjorn Again" at our annual end-of-seaon bash, the Bike Ball. Find it on Trailforks.

We are ever grateful to the volunteers, sponsors and partners that made this trail possible.