This single-lane dirt road built with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s is not for the faint of heart. The motorway follows the footprints of the Nez Perce when they traveled the buffalo trail. The Lewis and Clark Expedition struggled along the same ridges. Whether you’re driving across Lolo Motorway from the east or the
west, plan to spend some time and take in the scenery and history.
Bike the historic Lewis and Clark Trail in conditions very similar to those the expedition encountered 200 years ago. This tree-lined ridge road runs high above the Lochsa River. Travel well-prepared if going on your own on this 73-mile journey. Local outfitters are prepared to make this trail a lesson in history while making it a much more comfortable journey for you.
TRAVEL CAUTIONS: The motorway has no gas stations, stores, developed water sources, or other services. It is unpaved, narrow, rocky, and steep. The road is suitable for high clearance vehicles only. Be prepared by packing a Clearwater National Forest map, and other travel essentials. Check with the Forest Service for current road conditions. Total distance: 119 miles, 2-5 days (suggested).
Location: Lolo Pass and Upper Clearwater River Corridor
Category: Bicycle Rides, Hikes & Walks, Parks & Campgrounds, and Ranches & Riding