Mountain Biking in Montana
Concierge.com's insider take:
Snow has a tendency of lingering until mid-summer, which is the only reason the state doesn't have more fat-tire fame. Visit in early July to conquer the seemingly endless miles of singletrack. Stop at Chalet Sports in downtown Bozeman for bike rentals, maps, and trail recommendations in the nearby Bridger and Bangtail wilderness areas (406-587-4595; www.chaletsportsmt.com). We like the Emerald Lake trail, 20 miles southeast of Bozeman in Hyalite Canyon. Riders have to granny-gear up much of the five-mile climb to two alpine lakes and stunning meadows; flying down is another matter. Missoula also has good riding: Check in at Missoula Bicycle Works for the skinny on riding in the Rattlesnake National Recreational Area and the surrounding Lolo National Forest (888-888-2453; www.missoulabicycleworks.com).