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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 Status
      Open as of Sep 16, 2021
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      76
      Trails Mountain Bike
      61
      Trails E-Bike
      18
      Trails Hike
      76
      Trails Trail Running
      76
      Trails Horse
      51
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      16
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      8
      Trails Snowshoe
      52
      Trails Nordic Ski
      38
      Total Distance
      123 miles
      Total Descent
      25,685 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,138 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,251 ft
      Reports
      776
      Photos
      226
      Ridden Counter
      6,680

      Photos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Carlton Ridge
      13 |
      Aug 15, 2021 @ 7:45pm
      Aug 15, 2021
      trail: Carlton Ridge
      11 |
      Aug 15, 2021 @ 7:45pm
      Aug 15, 2021
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      25 |
      Apr 19, 2021 @ 6:29am
      Apr 19, 2021
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      16 |
      Apr 19, 2021 @ 6:29am
      Apr 19, 2021
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      14 |
      Apr 19, 2021 @ 6:22am
      Apr 19, 2021
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      25 |
      Apr 19, 2021 @ 6:22am
      Apr 19, 2021
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      22 |
      Apr 19, 2021 @ 6:22am
      Apr 19, 2021
      trail: Carlton Ridge
      124 |
      Mar 12, 2021 @ 11:28am
      Mar 12, 2021

      Videos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      Sept '17
      0:06 | 130 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:08 | 53 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:05 | 46 | Sep 30, 2017
      Blue Mountain Bike Park MDW 2017
      0:58 | 157 | May 30, 2017
      Riding Blue Mountain
      4:34 | 286 | Oct 16, 2012
      blue mountain and crash
      6:55 | 356 | Apr 13, 2011
      (Surprising!) Late Season Conditions | Blue...
      trail: Orchard
      11:21 | 99 | Nov 4, 2020 , Missoula
      (Surprising!) Late Season Conditions | Blue...
      11:21 | 74 | Nov 4, 2020 , Missoula

      Current Trail Warnings

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      Hayes Point Shortcut
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 2:39pm
      Sep 3, 2021
      DrysebstaStill not very rideable due to the...

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Blue Mountain Main Corridor
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      DryFanderson MTBM
      Pawn
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      DryFanderson MTBM
      Blue Mountain Observatory
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      DryFanderson MTBM
      Rocks n Roots
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      Very DryFanderson MTBM Loose, but not stupid loose. Recent rains...
      Why Not
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      DryFanderson MTBM
      Wilderness Trail
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      DryFanderson MTBM
      Argillite Cliffs
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 2:39pm
      Sep 3, 2021
      Idealsebsta
      Hayes Creek
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 2:39pm
      Sep 3, 2021
      Very DrysebstaVery dry and loose but still fun!
      Climb to Orchard
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 2:39pm
      Sep 3, 2021
      Drysebsta
      Orchard
      Sep 3, 2021 @ 2:39pm
      Sep 3, 2021
      Very DrysebstaVery dry and loose but still fun!

      Activity Feed

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      user #2306080Zguitar71difficultyvotetrailHayes Creek
      Sep 19, 2021 @ 7:32pm
      15 hours
      user #569653FandersonaddreportBlue Mountain Main Corridor and 5 more
      Sep 17, 2021 @ 9:29am
      Sep 17, 2021
      user #2093500flyingchangewishlisttrailCarlton Ridge
      Sep 17, 2021 @ 7:57am
      Sep 17, 2021
      user #846985jason069riddentrailDeadmans Ridge
      Sep 13, 2021 @ 8:08pm
      Sep 13, 2021
      user #2846327JRix54votetrailG.I. Joe
      Sep 8, 2021 @ 10:07pm
      Sep 8, 2021

      Recent Comments

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      user #1196327bvwilliamsreportMill CreekSawyers are cutting it out this Sunday...
      Jun 3, 2021 @ 10:45am
      Jun 3, 2021
      user #1564658manwich2trail6.01 - Moto TrailAdaptive/hand cycle friendly. Full suspension ...
      May 14, 2021 @ 7:11am
      May 14, 2021
      user #1307279morgstatrailHayes Point ShortcutPretty wet and leaving ruts. There is also a...
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 11:43am
      Apr 25, 2021
      user #1847610ShrreddoggintrailCarcassRiding great!
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 7:01pm
      Apr 5, 2021
      user #1847610ShrreddoggintrailG.I. JoeLoose in spots, but sun’s out guns out! Rode...
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 6:59pm
      Apr 5, 2021

      Nearby Areas

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      South Hills 17 65.5 km
      Frenchtown7.5 km
      Pattee Canyon 26 17 58.7 km
      Dean Stone 2 410.1 km
      The Rattlesnake 47 27 711.1 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike61105 miles24,301 ft48 miles5,079 ft
      #749#381226772173,916
      E-Bike1845 miles12,789 ft22 miles3,898 ft
      #496#1536751
      Hike76121 miles24,701 ft51 miles5,138 ft
      #539#3217713236
      Trail Running76121 miles24,701 ft51 miles5,138 ft
      #545#3217713460
      Horse5188 miles16,047 ft32 miles3,898 ft
      #40#363491
      Dirtbike/Moto1642 miles11,617 ft20 miles3,898 ft
      #32#163111
      ATV/ORV/OHV829 miles4,098 ft10 miles3,898 ft
      #53#323001
      Snowshoe5276 miles11,119 ft25 miles3,337 ft
      #36#22932
      Nordic Ski3855 miles4,354 ft13 miles3,337 ft
      #22#17796
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