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50 Miles of Bliss - Garrision to Helena, MT + ADD NEW ROUTE


19   in Montana Montana50 Miles

By IRON HORSE DISCIPLES #860
on March 1, 2007

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 Scenery

 Road Quality

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Written Directions

The route is very easy to find and follow. Just start out in Garrison, MT and head east on US Hwy 12 to and through Avon and continuing on to Helena, MT. It's a solid 50 miles of quality motorcycle road.

Scenery

You will see some gorgeous scenery on this run as you cut across a stretch of mountains from Garrison, MT to Helena, MT. The scenery up there is just fantastic ... ideal highland territory. You'll find yourself with a new found urge to figure out how you can buy a patch of that land and build a little cabin where you can spend the rest of your days taking in sunsets and sun rises. The land up there is a smorgasbord of endless mountain/hill tops, quite gentle pastures and Disneyland like/too good to be real canyon walls outcrops. If you take the route from west (Garrison) to east (Helena) like I did, a real treat will unfold as you come towards the end and begin to descend down into Helena as there is an amazing mountain valley that unfolds before you. My guess is this route is eye watering beautiful in the fall when the leaves change colors because there are a lot of Aspen and Birch trees up there lining the many rivers and creeks you'll pass.

Road Quality

Road conditions are good the whole way. The turns are gentle for the entire route so if you are looking for a challenging twisty mountain route, you won't be satisfied with this but if you're just looking for a lazy and gorgeous hour drive, this is it! And, I was on the road on a Saturday and the traffic was very light!!

Roadside Amenities

Really nothing to do up there that I saw. I suppose you could stop at a couple of the small towns you'll find up there as I'm sure they'll show you a side of our world you've never seen but I never took the time as I was having too much fun taking in the scenery. If I recall correctly there was at least one gas station up there but don't recall seeing really any place to eat or shop at.

Additional Info

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Motorcycle Year 1981

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type

Get gas in Garrison. There is a rest area with fishing just out of Garrison. Turn north at Avon to get on 141 to head to 200 and very spectacular! At Elliston right out of town is MacDonald Pass. Look for the lumberjack and barking dog on the north side of the road near the top. Frontier Town is a handmade fort with a bar, excellent restaurant, and curio shop. The part I loved the best when I lived there was the -40 degree winters. Helena has Charlie M. Russell museum and Town Tour Train.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We used the Hwy 12 portion over to Hwy 141 of this ride to get to Glacier National Park in early August. Roads are good and we enjoyed the ride.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great Suggestion! I took a trip from Utah, via Jackson, WY., Yellowstone, up to Helena and across rt.12 going west on my way to Missoula in October of 07. This route was one of my favorite sections - little traffic and awesome riding. It was a last minute to decision to detour through Helena on the way to Missoula - glad I did!

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