Nestled a comfortable drive away from Great Falls, Montana, the North Fork Highwood Trail offers a spectacular blend of technical difficulty, scenic views, and pure adrenaline. This 11-mile loop trail delivers a series of steep climbs and thrilling descents that will challenge even seasoned riders.
Beginning with a moderate climb laden with numerous creek crossings—prepare to get wet—the trail takes a steeper turn after the first three miles. Shortly thereafter, veer right to meet the Kirby Creek Trail, leading you to the formidable Marie Spring Trail. Here, a lung-busting grade will test your mettle before plummeting into a saddle and ascending once more.
From Great Falls, head east on 10th Ave South and turn North onto Hwy 228, also known as Highwood Road. After about 17.4 miles and a couple of forks in the road, you'll arrive at the North Fork Highwood Trailhead.
Whether you're traveling from Alberta, Canada, or are a local resident, this trail offers an exhilarating blend of technical riding and natural beauty. With terrain ranging from light rock gardens to steep grades, and added elements like creek crossings, North Fork Highwood caters to thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. However, due to its level of difficulty, it’s advisable for only experienced mountain bikers to tackle this route.
The North Fork Highwood Trail is a demanding yet rewarding experience that defies its numerical statistics, making it a 'go-to' trail for those who seek to push their limits. Its mixture of cross-country and technical elements make it a must-ride for anyone serious about mountain biking. If you're up for a challenge, this trail will not disappoint.