25 miles
6,096 ft
-6,094 ft
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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  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,898 ft
Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sheep Mountain Descent
Aug 12, 2018 @ 5:23pm
Aug 12, 2018
Trail is skinny and deteriorating and it is easy to wash out and fall down the hill side. reporter
Corridor Trail
Aug 12, 2018 @ 5:23pm
Aug 12, 2018
Sheep Mountain (Front Side)
Jul 8, 2018 @ 12:31pm
Jul 8, 2018
Clear now beyond 1513 by MTBmissoula 7/7/18. Mineral Peak, 1513, East Fork, Twin Creek #505 and Mineral Peak connector are now cleared.
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