17 miles
3,243 ft
-6,267 ft
1 miles
High Point

The CC Divide to Dry-Wilkes Divide route takes riders along a high, semi-alpine ridge before descending a very steep, fun moto trail back to the valley. These lightly used trails offer as much of a backcountry experience by bike as you can find.

This ride is in the Dry Fork area of Thompson Falls, south of the Clark Fork River. The CC Divide trail follows the watershed boundary between Thompson Falls and the town of Superior to the south. The ridgeline is mostly forested, but some phenomenal views pop out from between the trees at certain moments, and to guarantee a good view, stop at the Mt Bushnell overlook just after the junction with Joan Creek.

The CC Divide is ATV doubletrack on the east end (till about the W Fork Dry junction) and singletrack on the west end. This route samples parts of each. Once you turn onto Dry-Wilkes divide, the trail gently rolls along the ridge for a few miles, then climbs sharply up to Hill 7. From Hill 7, a very steep descent takes you to the junction with Dry-Wilkes Cutoff, but it's worth continuing up the next hill for the final descent to Dry Creek Rd.

A word of caution: as the the trail comes back around to the Dry Creek side for the final few switchbacks, it traverses a small, short cliff band that has some exposure. Heads up!

It's possible to loop this route by riding from the West Fork Dry Trailhead up Joan Creek trail or Knox Creek trail, but you can also shuttle it by driving up the Gold Rush road to the starting point. Nearby, West Fork Dry Creek Ridge and Wilkes Creek are also great descents, and Wilkes Creek works as an uphill. One could easily spend 2-3 days exploring the trails in the Dry Fork area.

Like other backcountry trails in Montana, this trail blows in with trees every winter, and its rideability is a function of volunteer efforts and Forest Service trail crew time. Snow up high doesn't melt until mid June or July, so often the trees aren't cleared until July or August. Some trails are never cleared. Call the Plains Ranger District for updates, or grab a saw yourself! MTB Missoula offers chainsaw training every spring.

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More Stats for MTBM - CC Divide Route - Backcountry mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -3,024 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,931 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,956 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,931 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,741 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Joan Creek
      Aug 21, 2018 @ 2:31pm
      Aug 21, 2018
      Middle section was overgrown, trail was otherwise clear and 100% rideable
      CC Divide from Wilkes/Dry Divide to W. Fork Dry Creek
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 10:24am
      Jun 25, 2018
      Cleared, 6/23/18, MTB Missoula
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