25.4 miles
Distance
4,731 ft
Climb
-4,731 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Missoula's premier backcountry classic ride This is the typical way most people ride the Sheep Mountain loop, although it can be done backwards (with an amazingly long final descent from Blue Point to Woods Gulch Trail). The recommended counter-clockwise direction is slightly easier climbing (but still VERY hard). This ride takes you far into the backcountry, so bring appropriate food, clothing, first aid, and repair items. There is a spring near the intersection of 1513 and the Sheep Mountain Descend (shown on Trailforks). Bringing a filter and filling up at the spring is highly recommended. Count on this ride taking 4 to 6 hours.

MTB Missoula removes the deadfall from this trail annually. If you enjoy this ride, become a member and please give them your support!

Detailed Description
MTBM - Classic Sheep Mountain Loop is a 25 mile popular expert route located near Missoula Montana. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 4,731 ft with a max elevation of 7,581 ft then descends -4,731 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    18
More Stats for MTBM - Classic Sheep Mountain Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,575 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,589 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,589 ft
  • Grade max
    -84%
  • Grade min
    96%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Sheep Mountain
Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:43pm
2 days
Started at the Rattlesnake Main Corridor car park today and rode this. Quite a bit of snow on the switchbacks at the top. Steep and slick. Hats off to the sawyers and swampers who performed a herculean effort to cut 100's of large diameter trees off this trail. Thank you!! What an epic.
Sheep Mountain
Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:21pm
2 days
No snow until the sheep mtn downhill switchbacks. Steep and slick. Sawyers have done a stand-up job cutting a wealth of trees across the trail. Hats off.
Main Corridor
Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:53pm
Jun 16, 2022
Big mud pit near the poe meadow outhouse. Other than that, fantastic.
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