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Montana Ghost Towns

By RonS - Posted on 14 June 2020

  •  Member Ride
  •   07/25/2020 - 6:00 am
  •   07/30/2020 - 8:00 pm
  •  ~1400
  •  Boise Stage Stop I-84
  •  Primitive Camping
  •  Every 150 Miles
  •  Available enroute ($)

Difficulty Rating:

3 - Advanced Skills

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Ride Description:

Please note that I've changed the departure time a couple of times.  I've settled on the early departure 6:00AM.  That gets us over to the east side of the state with lots of daylight left.

A few years ago, club member IdahoSam organized and led a tour of Montana Ghost Towns.  I plan to retrace that route.

Departure will be from the Boise Stage Stopon I-84 east of town.  We will be leaving at 6:00AM.  If you want to get breakfast, be there about 5:00AM

  • Day 1 Boise to Clover Meadow Campground Ennis, MT
  • Day 2 Clover Meadow to Merry Widow Campground Basin, MT
  • Day 3 Basin to Remote camp near Coloma, MT
  • Day 4 Coloma to Philipsburg, MT
  • Day 5 Philipsburg to Bannack, MT
  • Day 6 Bannack to Boise, ID

We will be camping each night.  Where possible, I prefer to get meals at restaurants.  It looks like 2 or 3 of the camp locations might not have food conveniently available.  You should plan to have meals with you for those nights/mornings.

I don't know what the roads are like on this route, so I posted a generic "Level 3" dificulty.  It will be a combination of freeway, highway, and back roads, so there will be a wide range of conditions.

I've posted the tracks from the original ride at  Our route will follow the original fairly closely.

7/14 - I posted the first draft of the route gpx file here  I included routes for most of the segments.  Beware that your map or gps might interpret these routes differently than originally plotted.  I also included high resolution tracks from the first ride as well as reduced resolution tracks for devices with 500 point track limits.

When IdahoSam created this route, he did quite a bit of research into the history of some of these locations.  I've uploaded PDFs from Sam's preparation.

Contact Information: (This information has been provided by the creator of this event page.)

Ride Roster

Attached Files

COLOMA.pdf631 KB
COMET.pdf1.06 MB
elkhorn.pdf640.76 KB
GARNET.pdf1.44 MB
POLARIS.pdf287.22 KB
PONY.pdf1010.95 KB
RIMINI.pdf697.2 KB
virginagt.pdf2.51 MB
montana ghost town.gpx7.1 MB

Ride Photos