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The Bitterroot National Forest offers mountain bikers miles of roads and trails on which to ride. There are wide, quiet roads for beginners to get acquainted with their bikes, and there are challenging, arduous trails that will test the advanced rider.
If you plan to strike out on your own to explore with your bike, it would be wise to buy a National Forest map (available at any Forest Service office). Please respect the rights of private landowners, and always ask permission before you ride on their land. Also be aware of the wilderness boundaries when you are riding on the trails. Bicycles are not allowed in the wilderness areas.
Remember to wear protective gear when riding your mountain bike; helmet, gloves and sturdy shoes. Also plan on taking food, water, sunscreen, and a basic tool kit on all of your outings. Always maintain control of your bicycle and be ready to stop. Watch for traffic on forest roads. Be aware of hikers and livestock along trails. As a courtesy, please step your bicycle off the downhill side of the trail and allow livestock to pass. Some stock may be afraid of your bicycle, so stay in plain view and speak softly.
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors on your national forests. View the wildlife and the scenery. Keep in mind that the forests and meadows are fragile lands, so please practice low impact, tread lightly techniques.