BIG SKY LOOP

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Biking Photos (14K)Location: Livingston to Harlotown Loop
Type: Road Ride (with some graded gravel)
Rating: Experienced
Mileage: 187 miles

This challenging three-day ride can be done either self-supported or sagged. It traverses nearly 200 miles of some of the most scenic and least populated landscapes of south-central Montana.

You begin by riding up the bucolic Shields River Valley to Clyde Park and Wilsall. From White Sulphur Springs you'll climb eastward over the northern flank of the Castle Mountains, then descend along the Musselshell River through one of the prettiest pieces of mountain-and-ranch country anywhere in the West. From Harlowton you'll bear due south for Big Timber, where you'll turn west to follow the Yellowstone River back to Livingston.

A couple of attractions that shouldn't be missed along the route include The Castle in White Sulphur Springs, a mansion built in 1892 for rancher-businessman B.R. Sherman that today houses the Meagher County Museum; and the altogether fascinating Charles M. Bair Family Museum Ranch in Martinsdale.