Tonight’s training plan was to do an endurance cross-training (not cycling) workout. I could not help it and when I got home I hopped on my bike and headed up Pattee Canyon. I can still call it cross training because I went with hiking boots and traps. I knew hiking would be part of the adventure. [map]
Soon the pavement (wow it has been warm) turned to snow at the top of the climb. This was my goal, to get on to some snow terrain. Once I arrived at the most South point of the road where it turns back to East Missoula I headed up past the gated road. It was not the snowmobile trail I expected but logging action meant that this road was well traveled. Perfect!
I did not want to turn around but did. I arrived at the Crazy Canyon Parking Area and headed up that road to the Treasure Trail. Once on the summer favorite I came back into town finally descending the Fire Road.
I recommend the rout past the gate on the Deer Creek Road as well as the Crazy Canyon Road. The Treasure Trail will require a true “Fatty” or studded tires (very icy). The ride was awesome and it brought life back into my training. Nice to be riding again!