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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
      Land Manager: USFS
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      Access Info:
      The main trailhead parking area is at the intersection of Blue Mountain Rd and Forest Hills Ln. There are also several parking areas along Blue Mountain Rd #365, including the Moto trailhead at the second switchback. Due to USFS rules on E-bike access, only the motorized trails accessible from the Moto trailhead are open to e-bikes.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 10, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      75
      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
      1,235
      Photos
      249
      Ridden Counter
      11,180

      Photos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      7 |
      May 15, 2024 @ 7:02am
      May 15, 2024
      trail: G.I. Joe
      35 |
      Nov 29, 2023 @ 3:18pm
      Nov 29, 2023
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      13 |
      Nov 8, 2023 @ 8:08pm
      Nov 8, 2023
      trail: Deadman Gulch
      17 |
      Nov 8, 2023 @ 8:08pm
      Nov 8, 2023
      trail: Why Not
      23 |
      Sep 17, 2023 @ 9:12am
      Sep 17, 2023
      14 |
      Sep 2, 2023 @ 8:17pm
      Sep 2, 2023
      trail: Orchard
      45 |
      Apr 25, 2023 @ 1:17pm
      Apr 25, 2023
      trail: Orchard
      46 |
      Apr 25, 2023 @ 1:17pm
      Apr 25, 2023

      Videos of Blue Mountain Mountain Bike

      Sept '17
      0:06 | 164 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:08 | 70 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:05 | 63 | Sep 30, 2017
      Blue Mountain Bike Park MDW 2017
      0:58 | 185 | May 30, 2017
      Riding Blue Mountain
      4:34 | 294 | Oct 16, 2012
      blue mountain and crash
      6:55 | 364 | Apr 13, 2011
      South O'Brian Creek Loop - Blue Mountain -...
      38:59 | 96 | Jul 1, 2023 , Missoula
      Trail #3.01 - Blue Mountain - Missoula, MT
      4:21 | 88 | May 23, 2023 , Missoula

      Current Trail Warnings

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      Hayes Point Shortcut
      Jul 10, 2024 @ 7:36am
      Jul 10, 2024
      DryNoahtjensenUnrideable, completely rutted. Terrible...

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Beyond Blue
      Jul 9, 2024 @ 2:06pm
      Jul 9, 2024
      Snow CoveredBKM
      Grave Creek Growler
      Jul 9, 2024 @ 2:05pm
      Jul 9, 2024
      DryBKM
      Carlton Ridge
      Jul 8, 2024 @ 9:39am
      Jul 8, 2024
      VariableTrail is clear and in great condition up...aaronrbaldwin TRAILFORKS
      Lolo Peak
      Jul 6, 2024 @ 12:35am
      Jul 6, 2024
      IdealOne medium sized tree down right at the...aaronrbaldwin TRAILFORKS
      Wilderness Trail
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      IdealFanderson
      Rocks n Roots
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      Very DryFanderson
      Deadmans Ridge
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      Very DryDry loose and sketchball….just like normal.Fanderson
      Blue Mountain Observatory
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      Very DryFanderson
      Pawn
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      IdealFanderson
      Blue Mountain Main Corridor
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 8:45am
      Jun 23, 2024
      IdealFanderson

      Activity Feed

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      Noahtjensenvotetrailactivity #55483200
      Jul 11, 2024 @ 11:19am
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      Noahtjensenaddreportactivity #55428092
      Jul 10, 2024 @ 7:36am
      Jul 10, 2024
      Noahtjensenvotetrailactivity #55428004
      Jul 10, 2024 @ 7:34am
      Jul 10, 2024
      Noahtjensenwishlisttrailactivity #55404192
      Jul 9, 2024 @ 4:35pm
      Jul 9, 2024
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      Jul 9, 2024 @ 2:05pm
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      Recent Comments

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      johncctrailBlue Mountain Main CorridorDisagree 100%. Always better to climb single...
      May 15, 2024 @ 6:34pm
      May 15, 2024
      MichaelleemooretrailBlue Mountain Main CorridorHey TrailForks, it would be better if the...
      Apr 24, 2024 @ 9:40am
      Apr 24, 2024
      telemastertrailHayes Point ShortcutMuddy walk-a-bike. Stick to the road
      Apr 13, 2024 @ 6:32pm
      Apr 13, 2024
      HahadudenowaytrailMill CreekRipping downhill! Deceivingly steep (but...
      Oct 5, 2023 @ 10:04pm
      Oct 5, 2023
      pfchurchilltrailHayes CreekIy would be nice not to mix moto trails with...
      Sep 27, 2023 @ 9:22am
      Sep 27, 2023

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      South Hills 17 65.5 km
      Frenchtown7.5 km
      Pattee Canyon 31 17 48.7 km
      Dean Stone 5 510.1 km
      Marshall Mountain 3 9 313.3 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike59116 miles26,939 ft55 miles5,079 ft
      #783#4152491,229217,186
      E-Bike1745 miles12,684 ft22 miles3,898 ft
      #712#2461,09233
      Horse5088 miles15,919 ft32 miles3,898 ft
      #37#3241511
      Hike75132 miles27,343 ft58 miles5,138 ft
      #549#3471,2323657
      Trail Running75132 miles27,343 ft58 miles5,138 ft
      #554#3461,23231,608
      Dirtbike/Moto1548 miles13,934 ft25 miles3,898 ft
      #25#193486
      ATV/ORV/OHV735 miles6,519 ft15 miles3,898 ft
      #38#233031
      Snowshoe5176 miles11,014 ft25 miles3,337 ft
      #51#311357
      Nordic Ski3755 miles4,354 ft13 miles3,337 ft
      #32#2510210
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