Tour de Jefferson 

A scenic loop with a cruise through the spectacular Jefferson Canyon. The longest hill on this route goes down! Starts and finishes in Three Forks, MT.

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Author: Jason Karp
Date: 25 May 2009 9:36:38 AM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 60.06 mi  (Change units)
Calories: 3853
Average Speed: Overall: 15.3 mph - 0:03:55/mi
Active: 15.3 mph - 0:03:55/mi
Duration: Total: 3:56:05
Active: 3:55:53
Resting: 0:00:12
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3501 ft
Total Loss: 3501 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Montana, Three Forks
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club touring group offers this pleasant and scenic loop on Saturday, June 6, 2009.  We'll meet up next to the Sacajawea Inn in Three Forks a little before 9:00 a.m. to fill out some paperwork and pay the $2 fee.  The ride will start at 9 and take MT 2 to Cardwell.  Handy regrouping points include the Parker Homestead State Park and Lewis and Clark Caverns-both on MT 2.  After a rest stop at the Cardwell Store turn left on the very lightly traveled and scenic Highway 359 for some rollers going toward Harrison.  Take a left on US Highway 287 and  get ready for a fun desent down Harrison Hill.  At the bottom you'll rejoin Highway 2 and head back to Three Forks.

Position Format: Datum:

Distance: 60.06 mi Points: 1401 Calories: 3853
Total Time: 3:56:05 Speed: 15.3 mph Pace: 3:55 / mi
Active Time: 3:55:53 Speed: 15.3 mph Pace: 3:55 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Sacajawea Inn. Three Forks, MT. Go through downtown Three Forks on Main Street Then go 0.33 mi
2 0.33 mi Bear Right - MT Highway 2 Then go 2.88 mi
3 3.21 mi Turn Left - MT 2/US 287 Then go 22.32 mi
4 25.53 mi Turn Left - Highway 359 Then go 14.64 mi
5 40.17 mi Turn Left - US 287 Then go 6.83 mi
6 47.00 mi Turn Right - MT 2/US 287 (in bound route joins outbound route) Then go 9.85 mi
7 56.86 mi Sharp Right - MT 2 Then go 2.89 mi
8 59.75 mi Turn Left - Main Street. Three Forks Then go 0.31 mi
9 60.06 mi Stop - Sacajawea Inn. Three Forks

Points of Interest

Sacajawea Inn. Three Forks

Location: 45.895863, -111.551571
We'll start and finish the ride next to the historic Sacajawea Inn. There's plenty of on-street parking available near the inn.

Parker Homestead

Location: 45.845685, -111.676927
This little State Park is a good place for the group to regather.

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Location: 45.822011, -111.852408
A view from the turn-off to the Caverns-another good regrouping point. The visitors center is not there anymore! It looks like they're building a new one.

Jefferson Canyon

Location: 45.830235, -111.897340
The Jefferson River is a little off color due to spring run-off.

Cardwell Store

Location: 45.869244, -111.948710

Tobacco Root Mountains

Location: 45.725356, -111.787520
Hollowtop Mountain and Mt Jefferson. Both 10,000 foot peaks.

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