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!
Local Trail AssociationMTB Missoula (www.mtbmissoula.org)
Trails in Route
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for MTBM - Classic Sheep Mountain Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min3,567 ft
Altitude start3,605 ft
Altitude end3,607 ft
Distance climb12 miles
Distance down13 miles
Distance flat4,898 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Jun 5, 2018 @ 8:18amJun 5, 2018
|Cleared and snow free past the medows on the way to blue point.|
Aug 27, 2017 @ 5:00pmAug 27, 2017
|Watch out for downed trees!|
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