2 miles
Distance
691 ft
Climb
-115 ft
Descent
00:28:43
Avg time
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L.O. Connection Details

  • Riding Area
    Helena
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June-October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #85844 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The L.O. Connection takes you up from Cottonwood Lake towards the summit of Thunderbolt Mountain. There are a few challenging switchbacks and steep sections, but overall the climb is not too bad.

Access Info

Take the Bernice exit of I-90 (Exit 151) and follow the Boulder River Road (staying to the left). Stay on the Boulder River road to the Thunderbolt Creek road, which is directly opposite the Whitehouse Campground. The junction is a distinctive Y and is signed. The Thunderbolt Creek road ends at the trailhead. Ride the Thunderbolt Creek Trail to Cottonwood Lake. The L.O. Connection climbs on the right near the north end of the lake.

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More Stats for L.O. Connection bike trail
  • Altitude change
    576 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,349 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,931 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,349 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,925 ft
  • Grade
    7.056%
  • Grade max
    -25.776%
  • Grade min
    34.134%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1,503 ft
  • Distance flat
    560 ft
  • Avg time
    00:28:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:29
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Dry
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      L.O. Connection Trail Reports

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      Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24am
      Nov 1, 2017
      reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
      Sep 18, 2017 @ 1:00pm
      Sep 18, 2017
      Sep 16, 2017 @ 11:37am
      Sep 16, 2017
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