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
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: 5 (2 votes)
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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

traildateconditiondescription
Sheep Mountain (Front Side)
Jun 5, 2018 @ 8:18am
Jun 5, 2018
Cleared and snow free past the medows on the way to blue point.
Sheep Mountain Descent
Aug 27, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Aug 27, 2017
Watch out for downed trees!
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