25.4 miles
Distance
4,731 ft
Climb
-4,731 ft
Descent
1 mile
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
  • 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
    3,575 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,589 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,589 ft
  • Grade max
    -84%
  • Grade min
    96%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Sheep Mountain
May 8, 2021 @ 8:46am
May 8, 2021
Clear from the Marshall Grade up to the Sheep Mountain cutoff and a bit beyond. Then snow covered.
Main Corridor
Apr 24, 2021 @ 4:43pm
Apr 24, 2021
Mostly free and clear to Franklin bridge without any pushing. All but a few snow patches have receded. Beyond the bridge you can get about a mile of pedaling before more snow patches pop up.
Sheep Mountain
Jul 17, 2020 @ 3:35pm
Jul 17, 2020
Another slightly smaller tree down here
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