Injured cyclist rescued from Marshall Grade trail Thursday

A cyclist was rescued Thursday evening after taking a hard, high-speed crash on a popular gravel trail north of Mount Jumbo, roughly between the upper Rattlesnake neighborhood and Marshall Mountain. 

According to Jon Muir, a paramedic with Missoula Rural Fire Department, personnel were dispatched at 7:06 p.m. to a medical call initially thought to be at the intersection of Marshall Canyon Road and the Marshall Grade, a gravel road closed to vehicles but popular with cyclists. But, he said, GPS coordinates provided by the reporting party showed the crashed rider’s exact location: the upper reaches of Marshall Grade, approximately near the top of Woods Gulch and the bottom of the Sheep Mountain Trail. The trail is not associated with Marshall Mountain Park. 

The location, he said, prompted a full backcountry rescue response with a small wildland fire engine suited for the narrow Marshall Grade, a UTV with a backboard and other medical and rescue equipment, an additional engine, a battalion chief and an ambulance from Missoula Emergency Services waiting on Marshall Canyon Road. 

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