31 miles
Distance
2,777 ft
Climb
-1,295 ft
Descent
4,157 ft
High Point
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Details

  • Riding area
    St Regis
    St Regis, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike type
    XC, RD, Fat, CX
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking

he 31-mile long Route of the Olympian is one of several rail-trails occupying the abandoned Pacific route of the Milwaukee Road, which originally connected the railroad's Wisconsin hub with Washington state—nearly 2,000 miles to the west. The trail directly links with the popular Route of the Hiawatha, allowing for a longer journey across the border into Idaho through the jaw-dropping Taft Tunnel.

The Route of the Olympian has a complex set of use restrictions due to its fragmented course and local transportation needs. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the first 8.6 miles of the trail from the connection with the Route of the Hiawatha at Taft to the tiny community of Saltese are restricted to non-motorized use only. Those with ATVs can use the parallel NorPac Trail to travel from Taft to Saltese, although that route is shared with full-size motor vehicles.

The stunning Dominion tunnel and trestle are located near the midpoint of this section of the Route of the Olympian. The trestle is restricted to non-motorized use year-round. The trailbed from the trestle to the trail's eastern terminus is a two-lane road of fine gravel. West of the trestle, the trail turns into a single-lane gravel road and has much more loose surface rock.

Bikers and walkers share the trail with motorized vehicles from Saltese east to St. Regis, as the route provides popular locations for fishing and a local transportation alternative to busy (and difficult to access) Interstate 90. Portions of the route, in fact, are technically marked as county roads, though they see very little traffic.

A variety of upcoming improvements will do much to further help separate vehicular traffic from non-motorized recreational users. For now, enjoy the extended trail mileage and the gorgeous mountain scenery in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

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More Stats for Route Of The Olympian mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,482 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,664 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,664 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,146 ft
  • Grade
    0.907%
  • Grade max
    -25.427%
  • Grade min
    27.215%
  • Distance climb
    21 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,179 ft
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