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Great Falls/Fort Benton Loop

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 100 miles / 160.9 km
  • Ride Time: 4-6 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $7.60
  • State: Montana
Submitted by:
felon pro

This was part of rides we did over a two day period in which we stayed in our friends 'Guest House' in Highwood, after our trip back from Canada. First let me tell you that the portion from Salem Road and Highwood Rd. north and east to Waltham Rd. and Highwood is about 17 miles of gravel road! We did this on a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic and a Heritage Softail, so any bike you ride will work, as long as you have that EXPERIENCE on gravel!

It is well maintained unless it has been raining, then don't attempt on a big bike.
I will guarantee that you will see several antelope EVERY time you travel this road. We would go in or out and see no less than 10-12 every time. There are curves and elevation changes along a portion of a creek bed.
We visited an area called Landers Landing, that used to be small community in a valley by a creek. There we visited the only building left from the early 1900's, a school house. It's most recent use was as a bunk house for cattle herding 30-40 years ago, but the building is still in good condition. We also left there with a couple of the school books from the 1920's that were still on the bookshelf next to the chalk board! This side trip can only be made with owner permission and on a dual sport bike or 4 wheel drive.
The ride between Fort Benton and Great Falls on US 87 is rolling farm land/plains. From Fort Benton on the south will take you thru the Highwood mountain area with views of the river and some historic Lewis and Clark Trail stops.
You can easily spend a couple days in Fort Benton, the first city in Montana. Lots of old west history. Be sure to visit the Grand Union Hotel and the riverwalk area next to it. Across the street you find great homemade pies at Bob's.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Montana. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by felon in July. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by felon

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