Biking & Bike Tours
Explore Montana and its amazing landscapes by bike. There are many options for touring the great, vast landmass of Montana by road biking or mountain biking.
- Silver Run Trails are popular Red Lodge mountain area biking routes. Choose from roughly 4, 7, 11, and 15-mile loops.
- Road and mountain bikers enjoy light traffic for 15 ½ miles and 6-10 percent grades on climb from Red Lodge to Bear Creek.
- Road and mountain bike are also welcome on various downtown historic trails between 2nd and 17th streets, averaging about 4.5 miles.
One great way for the whole family to experience the Red Lodge area is bicycling. Road biking is possible on town roads and mountain/road bike tours provided by area guides are available in the summer. Pick a full day tour of more than 1,000 riders or join a smaller local charity ride. Whether you are on your own or cruising along with the entire family, bicycling here is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get some great exercise.
Where to Go Biking:
Red Lodge area bicycling options range in difficulty and length, so plan accordingly if you’re looking for a short, easy ride or a longer multi-day adventure.
Popular Road Bike Rides:
- Highway 212
One of the most beautiful yet challenging areas to road bicycle in the Red Lodge area is on US Highway 212.
- To Bear Creek
Road bikers can enjoy light traffic for 15 ½ miles and 6-10 percent grades on climbs from Red Lodge to Bear Creek.
- Downtown Red Lodge
Road and mountain bike are also welcome on various downtown historic trails between 2nd and 17th streets, averaging about 4.5 miles.
Popular Mountain Bike Rides:
- Silver Run Trails
Mileage: Approximately 4, 7, 11, and 15-miles depending on the loop traveled
Directions: Turn West off Highway 212 onto West Rim Road and turn left on Ski Run Road. At Silver Run Road, turn left and park near Rock Creek Bridge.
- Basin Creek Lake Trails
Mileage: Bike 2 ½ miles or take the 4-mile option through lodge pole pines to lower and upper Basin Lakes.
Directions: Turn left at Ski Run Road and continue about 4 miles to turn left at Basin Creek Lake trailhead.
Rentals & Fees
Check out the knowledgeable bicycle experts and tour providers listed here in the Red Lodge area for all of your Montana cycling adventure needs. You can bring your own bike of course, but there are plenty of rental locations that provide hourly, daily, or extended bike and equipment rentals.
- Road bike rentals including helmet start around $18 for ½ day, $30 for full day.
- Mountain bike rentals including helmet start around $20 for ½ day and $35 for full day.
Remember to carry extra water and be prepared for wild life encounters and rapidly changing alpine weather conditions.
Hire A Guide
Consider hiring a biking guide so you can focus on bicycling and not worry about logistics like getting lost. Your guide will be able to recommend the right kind of bicycle and equipment for where you want to do most of your biking.
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