I am a bit of what you may call “nuts” about the sport of snowmobiling. From the first time my dad set me on that 1979 Arctic Cat Jag 340, I was hooked. You most certainly could describe me the same way about the state of Montana. To me, Montana is the best place on earth. Growing up in Southwest Montana, I was lucky enough to be exposed to long snowy winters and beautiful blue bird days, perfect conditions for any sort of winter recreation. My preference for winter recreation, of course……….. snowmobiling.
Growing up in Belgrade, I was lucky enough to be close to a number of riding areas to hone my mountain riding skills. We spent most of our time in the Gallatin Range south of Bozeman. We rode every spot from Big Sky all the way down to West Yellowstone and back. We also spent a lot of time in the Ennis area and into the Centennial Mountains. As I grew older I started traveling north to other parts of Montana I had heard was excellent riding. Last winter I finally got to explore a place I had always wanted and just happens to be the home of Montana Western Properties……………..Lincoln, Montana.
In my opinion, Lincoln is one of the best and least crowded places to ride a snowmobile in Montana. Now anyone who has traveled out west to ride snowmobiles in the Big Sky State has more than likely visited West Yellowstone. Most go there for the park but the adventurous riders go for the steep and deep in the National Forest and the convenience of it being a snowmobile friendly town. Like West Yellowstone, Lincoln allows riders to travel the roads in town, giving you easy accessibility to the trails leading to the mountains. Over 250 miles of groomed trails start right from town. Depending on your riding ability, there are several areas to explore from beginner to expert style terrain.
Popular trails include scenic Huckleberry Pass, a tree-lined route with several play areas which connects to the Seeley Lake Trail System and can be ridden all the way to that town which is 70 miles away; Keep Cool, a scenic lake tour; Stonewall Mountain, an advanced ride with spectacular views; Dalton Mountain, an easy trail with play areas; Alice Creek, scenic territory with play areas. There are a few restricted areas, lots of play areas and plenty of variety for all ski levels. At the end of the day, nothing beats riding your sled up to the front door of the Moose Joose Bar for a beer and a burger.
From my Lincoln snowmobiling experience last winter, I’m believe this place is a hidden gem in a state loaded with top snowmobiling destinations. Like I tell all my friends who have never ridden Lincoln; “simply put, its like a miniature West Yellowstone without all the riff-raff and a fraction of the people”.
- Nick Johnston
- Montana Western Properties
- Sales Associate/Media Production Manager