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!

Route Supporters
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MTB Missoula (www.mtbmissoula.org)
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Details

  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    3
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: 3.75 (4 votes)
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  • Icy
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  • Stairs Stairs
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Main Corridor
      May 16, 2020 @ 10:42am
      May 16, 2020
      Snow is gone and trees cleared to Franklin Bridge and beyond. Lots of puddles and some mud from the recent rains. reporter
      Sheep Mountain
      May 14, 2020 @ 4:41pm
      May 14, 2020
      Significant snow fields at halfway mark. Must turn around at south zone sign.
      Sheep Mountain Descent
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 11:44am
      Oct 12, 2019
      A few trees down and mostly snow covered from 1-2 inches down low to 4-5 near the top. reporter
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