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  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      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
      Mill Creek Shuttle Parking google parking directions
      Links
      Region Details
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      • 19
      • 8

      Region Status
      Caution as of Oct 21, 2019
      Local Trail Association
      local trail association
      (www.mtbmissoula.org)

      E-Bike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #654
      State Ranking
      #4
      Trails (view details)
      15
      Trails Mountain Bike
      46
      Trails E-Bike
      15
      Trails Hike
      59
      Trails Trail Running
      59
      Trails Horse
      21
      Trails Dirtbike
      6
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      3
      Trails Snowshoe
      26
      Trails Nordic Ski
      24
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      10,062 ft
      Total Vertical
      3,898 ft
      Reports
      277
      Ridden Counter
      2

      Photos of Blue Mountain

      trail: Rocky Top
      39 |
      Sep 24, 2019 @ 11:41am
      Sep 24, 2019
      trail: Bluebird
      10 |
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 8:09pm
      Aug 25, 2019
      trail: Mill Creek
      29 |
      Jul 27, 2019 @ 1:12pm
      Jul 27, 2019
      trail: Mill Creek
      24 |
      Jul 27, 2019 @ 1:11pm
      Jul 27, 2019

      Videos of Blue Mountain

      Sept '17
      0:06 | 65 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:08 | 34 | Sep 30, 2017
      Sept '17
      0:05 | 24 | Sep 30, 2017
      Blue Mountain Bike Park MDW 2017
      0:58 | 108 | May 30, 2017

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Rocks n Roots
      Oct 21, 2019 @ 8:42pm
      Oct 21, 2019
      VariableevanyoungbloodMountain Bike Partially nice and dry, partially mud...
      Hayes Creek
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 2:53pm
      Oct 12, 2019
      VariablemcwootenHike A few wet spots, but realtively dry overall.
      Blue Mountain Road
      Oct 11, 2019 @ 7:52pm
      Oct 11, 2019
      DryMslabwMountain Bike
      Orchard
      Sep 20, 2019 @ 2:12pm
      Sep 20, 2019
      Dry23wrigraMountain Bike Watch out for drops
      6.01 - Moto Trail
      Sep 12, 2019 @ 5:35pm
      Sep 12, 2019
      VariableDanHMTMountain Bike Couple of big mud puddles up near the...
      Moto Line
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 10:39pm
      Aug 4, 2019
      DryGhostShredderMountain Bike There is a tree down on the upper portion...
      Hayes Creek
      Jul 27, 2019 @ 5:30pm
      Jul 27, 2019
      Very DryDanHMTMountain Bike
      Climb to Orchard
      Jun 7, 2019 @ 4:55am
      Jun 7, 2019
      Dryalexb83Mountain Bike Perfection
      Deadmans Ridge
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 8:36am
      Jun 2, 2019
      DryFanderson MTBMMountain Bike Couple of snow patches at the top but can...
      Blue Mountain Observatory
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 8:36am
      Jun 2, 2019
      DryFanderson MTBMMountain Bike

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1321975aaronrbaldwinupdatetrailBlue Mountain Road
      Nov 9, 2019 @ 7:05am
      Nov 9, 2019
      user #1518867Greeny22votetrailDeadmans Ridge
      Nov 7, 2019 @ 10:15am
      Nov 7, 2019
      user #832955flyingfinvotetrailDeadmans Ridge
      Nov 6, 2019 @ 6:11pm
      Nov 6, 2019
      user #1321975aaronrbaldwinupdatetrailBlue Mountain Road and 4 more
      Oct 21, 2019 @ 9:01pm
      Oct 21, 2019
      user #1936971evanyoungbloodaddreportRocks n Roots and 1 more
      Oct 21, 2019 @ 8:41pm
      Oct 21, 2019

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