Bikes, events, skiing, yurt: Marshall Mountain draft plan out

Joshua Murdock

Habitat restoration, site improvements, new buildings and, of course, more mountain bike trails could be coming to Marshall Mountain if Missoula city and county buy the former ski hill just northeast of Missoula.

Those and other improvements, along with anticipated operating costs and possible revenues, are detailed in a draft of the Marshall Mountain Park Conceptual Master Plan released Friday and announced by the city and county on Monday. The draft plan is open to public comment through June 19 via The plan was developed by the city and county in conjunction with Five Valleys Land Trust, mountain bike advocacy group MTB Missoula, Friends of Marshall Mountain, city of Missoula Parks and Recreation, and the current property owners.

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Marshall Mountain sits 5.2 miles northeast of downtown and one drainage immediately east of Rattlesnake Creek. It’s accessed via a dead-end road

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