Bozeman, MT: Willow Creek Wanderer 

Join the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club Touring group on Father's Day for an 8:00 a.m. departure from the Country Kitchen in Belgrade for a fun out-and-back ride to the western fringes of Gallatin County on good roads with light traffic.


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Author: Jason Karp
Date: 19 Jan 2009 12:48:02 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 69.54 mi  (Change units)
Calories: 4672
Average Speed: 15.4 mph - 0:03:53/mi
Duration: 4:31:02
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1516 ft
Total Loss: 1516 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Belgrade, Bozeman, Churchill, Montana, Willow Creek
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This is the newest Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club touring ride-and possibly one of our flattest routes.

We'll meet up behind the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Belgrade, just south of the I-90 interchange on Jackrabbit Lane (next to the Holiday Inn Express) on Sunday, June 21, 2009 (Father's Day).  The ride will start at 8:00 a.m. so come a little bit early to fill out the paperwork and pay the $2 fee.  The ride takes smooth and lightly traveled roads through Churchill, Manhattan, Logan, Three Forks, and Willow Creek.  It's a primarily downhill grade from Churchill to Three Forks.  The final 6 miles are on the flat and low traffic Old Yellowstone Trail to the small unincorporated town of Willow Creek. 

Since it's an out-and-back, those not wanting to go the full 70 miles can turn around at any point along the route.

There aren't many services in Willow Creek.  We'll have a lightly stocked reststop by the Willow Creek school, but if you need a restroom you might want to make a pit stop in Three Forks.  

The trip back to Belgrade via the same route is usually slower.  It's common to have a crosswind from the southwest, and it is slightly uphill.  When you get over Churchill and a few rollers on Cameron Bridge Road, the last stretch back to Belgrade is flat. 

End your day with some lunch or dessert at the Country Kitchen to show your appreciation for the use of their parking lot.

TO TRAILHEAD: Country Kitchen Restaurant-6269 Jackrabbit Lane, Belgrade, MT

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Distance: 69.54 mi Points: 1567 Calories: 4672
Total Time: 4:31:02 Speed: 15.4 mph Pace: 3:53 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 15.4 mph Pace: 3:53 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Country Kitchen, 6269 Jackrabbit Lane, Belgrade Then go 0.01 mi
2 0.01 mi Turn Right - Jackrabbit Lane Then go 0.20 mi
3 0.21 mi Turn Right - Frank Road Then go 1.00 mi
4 1.22 mi Turn Left - Thorpe Road Then go 1.00 mi
5 2.22 mi Turn Right - West Cameron Bridge Road Then go 4.72 mi
6 6.94 mi Turn Right - Churchill Road Then go 9.12 mi
7 16.06 mi Turn Left - Main Street in Manhattan-becomes SR 205/Frontage Road Then go 10.64 mi
8 26.70 mi Straight - Becomes MT 2/Main Street in Three Forks Then go 1.33 mi
9 28.02 mi Main Street in Three Forks. Go straight through town-follow the signs to Willow Creek. Then go 0.60 mi
10 28.62 mi Turn Right - Old Yellowstone Trail Then go 5.87 mi
11 34.50 mi Bear Left - Old Yellowstone Trail becomes Main Street in Willow Creek Then go 0.28 mi
12 34.77 mi U-Turn - Willow Creek School Then go 0.27 mi
13 35.05 mi Bear Right - Main Street becomes Old Yellowstone Trail Then go 5.88 mi
14 40.92 mi Turn Left - Main Street in Three Forks Then go 1.93 mi
15 42.85 mi Straight - Becomes SR 205/Frontage Road Then go 10.63 mi
16 53.48 mi Turn Right - S. Broadway in Manhattan-becomes Churchill Road Then go 9.11 mi
17 62.59 mi Turn Left - West Cameron Bridge Road Then go 4.74 mi
18 67.33 mi Turn Left - Thorpe Road Then go 0.99 mi
19 68.32 mi Turn Right - Frank Road Then go 1.01 mi
20 69.33 mi Turn Left - Jackrabbit Lane Then go 0.20 mi
21 69.54 mi Turn Left - Country Kitchen/Holiday Inn Express Parking Lot Then go 0.00 mi
22 69.54 mi Stop - Country Kitchen-Belgrade

Points of Interest

Willow Creek, MT

Location: 45.828650, -111.644697
© Jason Karp


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