By Mike Sedlock, Steering Committee Chairman

Greetings from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association in Helena Montana. We are discussing how to add a page on our website for people to post their information to locate riding buddies to share rides.  Our member hosted trail rides are well attended although some of them have had to be rescheduled due to Montana’s erratic weather.

Fifteen people showed up for our June ride in the Elkhorn Mountains via Radersburg Pass. The 32 mile ride was an all ATV-OHV ride that was good for beginner riders. It took in the town of Elkhorn, the Elkhorn Cemetery, Radersburg Pass and the Queens Mine. We saw some elk and fantastic views of Crow Peak, Elkhorn Mountain, the Pioneer and Anaconda/Pintler Mountain ranges including a lot of beautiful scenery.  We had so much fun and camaraderie that some of us took a ride the following day to the Pipestone Recreation Area!

The July ride to Tizer Basin in the Elkhorn Mountains is scheduled for Saturday July 23rd. The route is open to all ATV-OHVs and is approximately 30 miles long. Riders might see elk, moose, deer, bear and other wildlife.  On top of that, the ride host will explain the history of the area. You will see views of Bullock Mountain, Tizer and Hidden Lake, Tizer Basin Ranger Station, Golden Age Mine, Crow Creek drainage and an old mining dredge. These trails are for the most part old mining and Forest Service roads and some may be questionable for beginner skill level riders. The first five miles follows the creek bottom but after that there is a lot of rocks, boulders, some washouts, bogs and moderate side hills. Due to a limited parking & unloading area, this is a must pre-register ride. To register, contact ride host; Mike Sedlock @. 465-0031 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other club rides include: August 27th; Moon Light Ride – evening ride beginning at the Hellgate Gulch Trailhead to York Bar for a burger & beverage.  For the most part these trails are two track intermingled with County and Forest Service roads. The ride host is Patty Daugaad; 431-9608, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PENDING RIDES; September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th. We are seeking suggestions for routes to ride on these dates. To offer suggestions, please contact Mike Sedlock.

2016 Cave Gulch Trail Project

The lower end of the Cave Gulch Trail located on the east side of Canyon Ferry Lake had a dangerous side hill combined with steep rock ledges to climb. CTVA obtained a grant in conjunction with the Forest Service to reroute 3/4 miles of trail. With approval from the Forest Service, we worked on and completed this project prior to the May 15th trail opening. The challenging work involved removing downed trees and rock that had to be jack hammered and moved with an excavator along steep side hills. In June we installed a picnic table and fire ring on the trail overlooking Canyon Ferry Lake.

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