While Great Falls may not be renowned for its mountainous terrain, the River's Edge Trail manages to pack a surprising punch. Located no more than 10 minutes from almost anywhere in the city, the trail offers a technical ride for the adventurous, with both intermediate and difficult sections. With a distance of just 3 miles but marked as 'Difficult,' this is a trail that demands your full attention.
Begin your journey at the second parking lot as you climb the hill past the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The initial descent on a fun single track parallels the river. Follow the paved path East and keep an eye to your left for the singletrack, labeled as ST East. Crossing a couple of paved roads, the trail becomes a doubletrack briefly before plunging into Whitmore Ravine. Once you exit the ravine, trails branching off to the left offer the most technical challenges, while those veering right promise smoother prairie cruising.
Directions: In Great Falls, simply follow River Road to the turnoff for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Proceed under a bridge and up a hill, and the second parking lot on the left is your starting point.
Despite its proximity to the city, River's Edge Trail offers a diverse experience for riders of varying skills. From technical challenges to smoother rides, the trail has something for everyone. It’s a local gem that showcases the wild beauty of Montana just minutes from urban life. Be prepared, be cautious, but most importantly, enjoy the ride.