25 miles
Distance
6,096 ft
Climb
-6,094 ft
Descent
1 miles
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!

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Details

  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for MTBM - Classic Sheep Mountain Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,567 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,605 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,607 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -44.787%
  • Grade min
    50.904%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,898 ft
Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Sheep Mountain Descent
Oct 27, 2018 @ 9:01am
Oct 27, 2018
First few switchbacks off the top are snow covered but mostly rideable. Next snow may close the riding window. reporter
Sheep Mountain (Front Side)
Oct 7, 2018 @ 1:23pm
Oct 7, 2018
Tree down across trail, not hard to toss the bike over though.
Corridor Trail
Oct 7, 2018 @ 11:25am
Oct 7, 2018
Puddle season has arrived
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