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Bozeman, MT: Churchill Loop 

This 18.5-mile loop near Bozeman boasts smooth roads, light traffic, and a scenic spin through a historic farming community.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 12 Sep 2008 6:24:22 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 18.52 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 449 ft
Total Loss: 450 ft
Net Change: -1 ft
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: Belgrade, MT, Bozeman, Gallatin Valley, Montana
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Perfect for a post-work spin, or for beginner cyclists, this easy-going loop tours the quiet (and smooth) roads northwest of Bozeman. The ride starts and ends at the Country Kitchen Restaurant and gradually winds to the south.

After 2.2 miles, turn right onto Cameron Bridge Road and ride west, crossing the Gallatin River on the road's namesake bridge. At mile 6.9, turn right onto Churchill Road and head north to the quiet farming community of Churchill. If you're not rushed for time, stop at the historical marker and read about the town's Dutch heritage before continuing north to Amsterdam Road.

The return route follows Amsterdam Road to the east, then turns south on Linney Road. After a brief, 2-mile stretch, you'll reconnect with Cameron Bridge Road. Turn left and retrace your route back to Country Kitchen.

-Mapped by Jason Karp

TO TRAILHEAD: From Main St. and Broadway in Belgrade, MT, head northwest on Main St./MT 205. In 0.5 mile, turn left onto Jackrabbit Ln./MT 291. In 1.3 miles, turn right into Country Kitchen parking lot.

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Churchill Loop

Distance: 18.52 mi Points: 393
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi From the parking area, turn right onto Jackrabbit Ln. Then go 0.22 mi
2 0.22 mi Turn Right - Frank Rd. Then go 1.00 mi
3 1.22 mi Turn Left - Thorpe Rd. Then go 1.01 mi
4 2.23 mi Turn Right - Cameron Bridge Rd. Then go 1.88 mi
5 4.11 mi Straight - Cameron Bridge Rd. Then go 2.83 mi
6 6.94 mi Turn Right - Churchill Rd. Then go 2.42 mi
7 9.36 mi Turn Right - Amsterdam Rd. Then go 2.99 mi
8 12.35 mi Turn Right - Linney Rd. Then go 2.03 mi
9 14.38 mi Turn Left - Cameron Bridge Rd. Then go 1.87 mi
10 16.25 mi Turn Left - Thorpe Rd. Then go 1.01 mi
11 17.26 mi Turn Right - Frank Rd. Then go 1.00 mi
12 18.26 mi Turn Left - Jackrabbit Ln. Then go 0.23 mi
13 18.50 mi Turn Left - Into Country Kitchen Restaurant

Points of Interest

Start: Country Kitchen Restaurant

Location: 45.761595, -111.185160
The ride starts and ends at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Belgrade (a good place for a post-ride lunch or dessert). ©Jason Karp

Cameron Bridge

Location: 45.743314, -111.225328
Late summer views of the Gallatin River at Cameron Bridge Road. ©Jason Karp

Manhattan Christian Reformed Church

Location: 45.750816, -111.302984
The main structure was built in 1911. Manhattan Christian School is adjacent. ©Jason Karp

Churchill Historical Marker

Location: 45.750996, -111.309164
Stop and read about the Churchill community and its Dutch heritage. ©Jason Karp

Amsterdam-Churchill Bank

Location: 45.757780, -111.310200
Amsterdam-Churchill Bank flies the Netherlands flag alongside the US and Montana flags. ©Jason Karp


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