Hamilton, MT. – Two recreational events will take place on the Bitterroot National Forest this month. Both events are occurring on the Darby Ranger District and are authorized under a special use permit.
On Sunday, July 21st the Bitterroot Land Trust is holding their fifth annual “Tour of the Bitterroot” bike ride. The 48-mile “Skalkaho Mountain Tour” ride starts on Sleeping Child Road and heads up Skalkaho Road before turning on Forest Roads #75 and #720 in the Sleeping Child drainage. For riders looking for a shorter route, the “Sleeping Child Ride” is a loop up and back Sleeping Child Road, about 18-20 miles with views of open agricultural lands, the Bitterroot River, and Como Peaks. Both rides begin at Red Barn Bicycles. All roads will remain open to vehicles and signs will be posted along the route alerting motorists of cyclists on the road. For more details visit www.tourofthebitterroot.org
The second event is occurring on Saturday, July 27th at the Lake Como Recreation Area. The fifth annual Lake Como Triathlon will begin at 7 a.m. and last until around 2 p.m. Participants will compete in a 0.9 mile swim, 12.6 mile bike ride and 7.7 mile run. The event is open to the public but parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. All vehicles also need a day or season pass to park in the Lake Como Recreation Area. The $5 day passes can be purchased on site, at all Forest Service offices, and at area retailers including People’s Market and Mr. T’s in Darby, and Angler’s Roost, Bob Ward’s, Lone Pine, Town Pump South, and Riverside in Hamilton. For more details visit www.lakecomotri.com
For more information contact the Darby Ranger District at (406) 821-3913. Stay in touch with the Bitterroot National Forest through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitteroot and www.twitter.com/BitterrootNF.