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      This 4,900-acre recreation area includes 41 miles of system trails and is a popular spot for locals and visitors because of its proximity to the city of Missoula and the views of the Missoula valley, and the Sapphire and Rattlesnake mountains. Blue Mountain Recreation Area East Zone is a day use area only; the area is closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The lower trails near the parking areas are very popular for hikers and dog walkers, so please keeps speeds low on these trails and always yield to other users.

      Rides typically start from the main lower parking lot trailhead located at the corner of Blue Mountain Rd and Forest Hills Dr. Riders generally head up on the main Corridor Trail 3.04 or Out and Back 3.08 and aim for either Rocky Top or the Moto Trailhead. From either of these high points, a rider has several choices to descend for an after-work quickie, or one can head up higher to the top of the Hayes Creek descent (bonus points for doing the Summit Loop Trail). From here, its a fast flow fest back down on the Hayes Creek Trail and out Why Not (or double bonus for climbing back out Moto Line and dropping the front side (GI Joe/Carcass or Rocky Top/Out and Back)

      If you're feeling exploratory and/or hankering for some rocks after riding the Rattlesnake Smile , moto trails like J's Trail, Orchard, Rocks & Roots and Deadmans Point Loop will scratch that itch.

      The crown jewel (in the eyes of the right beholder) of the Blue Mountain system is a giant loop to the top of Blue Mountain (see Trailforks route). From the lookout tower at the top, a super rowdy and loose 3,000 ft descent will take you all the way back down to the main trailhead. See the route entitled Deadmans Ridge - Big Loop.
      source: Lolo NF
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: National Forest
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      Region Details
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      • 27
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      Region Status
      Open as of Oct 5, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      76
      Trails Mountain Bike
      60
      Trails E-Bike
      17
      Trails Horse
      50
      Trails Hike
      75
      Trails Trail Running
      75
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      15
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      7
      Trails Snowshoe
      51
      Trails Nordic Ski
      37
      Total Distance
      134 miles
      Total Descent
      28,324 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,138 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,251 ft
      Reports
      991
      Photos
      246
      Ridden Counter
      8,705

      Photos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Carlton Ridge
      10 |
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 5:42pm
      Oct 10, 2022
      trail: Carlton Ridge
      11 |
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 3:23pm
      Oct 10, 2022
      trail: Carlton Ridge
      13 |
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 3:23pm
      Oct 10, 2022
      trail: Carlton Ridge
      17 |
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 3:23pm
      Oct 10, 2022
      trail: Mill Creek
      12 |
      Oct 2, 2022 @ 11:38am
      Oct 2, 2022
      trail: Mill Creek
      11 |
      Oct 2, 2022 @ 11:38am
      Oct 2, 2022
      trail: Rocky Top
      22 |
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 8:21am
      Jul 25, 2022
      trail: Mill Creek
      23 |
      Jul 24, 2022 @ 5:39pm
      Jul 24, 2022

      Videos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      Sept '17
      0:06 | 152 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:08 | 63 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:05 | 56 | Sep 30, 2017
      Blue Mountain Bike Park MDW 2017
      0:58 | 174 | May 30, 2017
      Riding Blue Mountain
      4:34 | 291 | Oct 16, 2012
      blue mountain and crash
      6:55 | 360 | Apr 13, 2011
      Mill Creek - Lolo Peak - Missoula, MT
      trail: Mill Creek
      24:01 | 62 | Aug 9, 2022 , Missoula
      Carlton Ridge - Lolo Peak - Missoula, MT
      13:22 | 78 | Aug 9, 2022 , Missoula

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Prime climb
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:36am
      Dec 30, 2022
      Snow PackedIn pretty decent shape after the thaw....alexb83
      Moto Line
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:35am
      Dec 30, 2022
      Snow PackedFrom Moto trailhead to Ten penny is a...alexb83
      Rocky Top
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:34am
      Dec 30, 2022
      Snow PackedIn decent shape after the warm up. Would...alexb83
      Argillite Cliffs
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:27am
      Dec 30, 2022
      Snow PackedRiding Great. Some icy sections.alexb83
      Blue Mountain Main Corridor
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 2:17pm
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Packed Fanderson MTBM
      Pawn
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:17am
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Packed Fanderson MTBM
      T-Bone
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:17am
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Packed Fanderson MTBM
      G.I. Joe
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:17am
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Packed Fanderson MTBM
      Shogun
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:17am
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Packed Fanderson MTBM
      6.01 - Moto Trail
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:17am
      Nov 18, 2022
      Snow Covered Tough to ride until more traffic.Fanderson MTBM

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #3364378johnccwishlisttrailMill Creek
      Jan 22, 2023 @ 7:09pm
      Jan 22, 2023
      user #1064732alexb83commentreportMoto Line
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:37am
      Dec 30, 2022
      user #1064732alexb83addreportArgillite Cliffs and 3 more
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:28am
      Dec 30, 2022
      user #569653FandersonaddreportBlue Mountain Main Corridor and 7 more
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 6:10pm
      Nov 18, 2022
      user #1321975aaronrbaldwinaddreportO'Brien Creek
      Oct 30, 2022 @ 1:54pm
      Oct 30, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1064732alexb83reportMoto LineSnow covered of course… missed that option.
      Dec 30, 2022 @ 9:37am
      Dec 30, 2022
      user #2705617kentaldridgetrailSouth O'Brien Creek LoopToday October 15th 2022 we tried the trail for...
      Oct 15, 2022 @ 6:15pm
      Oct 15, 2022
      user #3045072tlilly89trailMill CreekSuch a great backcountry ride. Thanks to MTB...
      Jul 24, 2022 @ 5:40pm
      Jul 24, 2022
      user #1636929AlbatrossCafetrailDeadmans RidgeReally solid trail. Only rated four stars...
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 8:11pm
      Jul 6, 2022
      user #1278188jshutetrailCarlton RidgeThe description greatly overstates the...
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 6:16pm
      Jul 6, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      South Hills 17 65.5 km
      Frenchtown7.5 km
      Pattee Canyon 26 17 48.7 km
      Dean Stone 5 510.1 km
      The Rattlesnake 49 27 611.1 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike60116 miles26,939 ft55 miles5,079 ft
      #800#416246987205,169
      E-Bike1745 miles12,684 ft22 miles3,898 ft
      #613#20188012
      Horse5088 miles15,919 ft32 miles3,898 ft
      #38#3437111
      Hike75132 miles27,343 ft58 miles5,138 ft
      #573#3539913378
      Trail Running75132 miles27,343 ft58 miles5,138 ft
      #576#3519913974
      Dirtbike/Moto1548 miles13,934 ft25 miles3,898 ft
      #20#143174
      ATV/ORV/OHV735 miles6,519 ft15 miles3,898 ft
      #42#232991
      Snowshoe5176 miles11,014 ft25 miles3,337 ft
      #53#321115
      Nordic Ski3755 miles4,354 ft13 miles3,337 ft
      #33#278910
      • By Fanderson MTBM & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MTBM, aaronrbaldwin
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