Cross-Country Ski at Lubrecht Experimental Forest

Lubrecht Experimental Forest - Search Nearby - Added by Meredith Baird

A quick 30 minute drive from Missoula to beautiful Cross Country Ski trails! The best part- --it's dog friendly!

Lubrecht Experimental forest is owned and managed by both the College of Forestry & Conservation and the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources. The forest spans over 28,000 acres in the Blackfoot River drainage.

A local favorite, Lubrecht boasts 12.6 miles of cross country ski trails. Some of the loops overlap, vary in difficulty, and all of the trails are two-way. There are plenty of maps and arrows posted to keep you on the right loop. One can easily spend all day exploring the various loops and trails, each with hills ranging from easy to difficult, and enjoying the views of the tall trees, mountains and meadows!

The very best part of skiing at Lubrecht is that it's dog friendly! Dogs are permitted off-leash as long as they are under voice control and owners clean up after them.

There is an information board at the parking area where there is a suggested donation box of $2 per person or $5 per carpool. To find out current conditions and when the trail has most recently been groomed, visit missoulanordic.org and click on "snow grooming info" and "Lubrecht".

Directions coming from Missoula:
  • Take east on I-90 for approximately five miles and take Exit 109, the Bonner/Great Falls/Highway 200 Exit.
  • Proceed east on Montana Highway 200 through Milltown and Bonner, Potomac at mile marker 16. Continue past mile marker 22 and the Garnet Range Road.
  • Continue PAST the Garnet Range Road entrance for about 0.2 miles and look for the entrance sign to the Lubrecht Forest headquarters and Conference Center on the east (right) side of the highway.
  • A few hundred feet beyond the timbered arch entry way, the road forks at log cabin.
  • Turn right to reach the cross-country ski trailhead.
Distance

12.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

50 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Skiing, Snowshoeing

Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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