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Chain Of Lakes Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Bitterroot National Forest, Sula Ranger District, Martin Creek Campground, Bitterroot Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Moose Creek, Anaconda-pintler Wilderness, Fish Lake, Faith Lake, Hope Lake, Charity Lake

Last Known StatusClosed

This seven mile long at one time was open to ATVs but is now permanently closed to motorized use. The trail was originally a fire line that was constructed during the Sleeping Child Fire of 1961 and provided visitors scenic views of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. There was no fee to ride but machines had to display a current Montana OHV Registration Sticker.

The Martin Creek Campground will remain open which has seven sites that can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 50 feet. The camping season varies each year but generally runs between Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Nearby riding alternatives include Gold Creek Ridge, Blue Mountain and Pipestone OHV Area. This listing will remain up for historical purposes and to save you a wasted trip.

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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenClosed
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident temporary registration sticker is required. (As of March 2020, Montana no longer honors stickers from any other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesProhibited
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Martin Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySula, MT
AddressMartin Creek Road, Sula, MT 59871
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Missoula, MT
1) Take US-93 South about 70 miles
2) Turn left (north-east) on East Fork Road/CR-472, continue 16.5 miles
3) Turn left (west) on Martin Creek Road/FS-726, about 4 miles toward trailhead.


Contact InfoBitterroot National Forest - Sula Ranger District
7338 Hwy 93 S.
Sula, MT 59871
(406) 821-3201



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Miles Of Trail7
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6000 to 8000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Mr T's Food & Fuel (406) 821-1940
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Mr T's Food & Fuel (406) 821-1940
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMartin Creek Campground (406) 821-3201
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Sula Country Store & Resort (406) 821-3364
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Sula Country Store & Resort (406) 821-3364
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteMartin Creek Campground (406) 821-3201
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Sula Country Store & Resort (406) 821-3364
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