Below are frequently asked questions about the Rail Trail
Yes, I have done the whole rail trail from West Yellowstone to Victor. I think 3 to 4 days would be about right to make this a nice trip. I recommend a mountain bike or a touring bike with wider tires.
The Northern end is not complete on the old railroad bed, but there are only a few detours on Forest Service Roads that are necessary to make the whole trip. And these detours are as scenic as the old bed.
There is a 9.5 mile section on the northern end when you leave West Yellowstone where it is best to bike on the Forest Service dirt roads instead of the old rail bed. ( See the .gpx or .kml track for the details on our Map Page) They removed a key railroad bridge years ago that makes using the old railroad bed out of West Yellowstone impossible. There has been talk of rebuilding it someday to make this section complete. You can visit the gals at the “Free Heal and Wheel” bike shop for details.
Once you get just over Reyes Pass and into Island Park you can pick up the old rail bed south. The trail conditions are a bit soft and dusty through this area. If too soft you can take FS roads that parallel the rail line as desired. The rail road bed get firmer and firmer further south you go towards the Warm River Campground.
Another short section of the rail bed, just south of Warm River Campground, went across some farm fields and has been plowed over years ago. We routed this section on quiet dirt roads to Ashton. From Ashton south you are on the rail bed through rolling hills with Teton Views all the way to Tetonia. Here the rail bed was also plowed over so we routed this section again on quiet country roads, some paved some dirt to Driggs. Just the last mile into Driggs is on the highway.
From Driggs south to Victor you our on the paved bike path between the two town.
From Victor over Teton Pass the bike trail travels on the Old Pass Road to Moose Creek. From Moose Creek to the top of Teton Pass you are on the highway. At the top of the Pass you can catch the Old Pass Road down and to the right of the highway which will take you all the way into Wilson.
Let me know if you have any other questions,
Enjoy your ride,
Most of the trail is on the old railroad bed or on Forest Service roads. If your touring bike has wide tires or some kind of dirt tires, it would be much easier to ride the trail. Some sections have loose dirt. Only the bike trail between Victor and Driggs is paved.