10.3 miles
Distance
2,428 ft
Climb
-4,605 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Maybe the easiest true alpine ride you'll ever do. You can shuttle from Fort Fizzle on Hwy 12 up to the Carlton Ridge trailhead. Some hardy souls ride the dirt road climb.

This area recently burned, so it's a special experience to be up there. The dirt shimmers with decomposed granite on a sunny day. It's also a 4,000 ft, technical descent.

Detailed Description
MTBM - Mill Creek/Carlton Ridge - Black is a 10 mile moderately popular expert route located near Missoula Montana. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 2,428 ft with a max elevation of 8,243 ft then descends -4,605 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

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tlilly89 (Jul 24, 2022 at 17:40)
Trail Mill Creek
Such a great backcountry ride. Thanks to MTB Missoula for supporting the maintenance of this mountain bike gem.
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jshute (Jul 6, 2022 at 18:16)
The description greatly overstates the technical difficulty and danger. The lower 2/3rds is mostly smooth and easily a blue trail. The upper half has more roots and rocks, but it's borderline to call it black. Coming down is fast and fun with good sight lines. There's no significant exposure or danger in the switchbacks.
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Focusedinsanity (Sep 1, 2020 at 8:04)
Trail Mill Creek
Great, technical run. Bring the big bike, pads, and ride it hard. Lots of roots up top, the mud section is shale and moon dust (august). Tight switchbacks with steps/rock drops and great views when you stop to cool the brakes (recommended). The bottom section is dominated by rock gardens. Enjoy! This one is fun!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for MTBM - Mill Creek/Carlton Ridge - Black mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,176 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,655 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,831 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,655 ft
  • Grade
    -4%
  • Grade max
    -108.4%
  • Grade min
    66.7%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,093 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Mill Creek
Aug 10, 2022 @ 5:26pm
Aug 10, 2022
Couple of trees down, but easy to get over. Probably hand sawable. Watch out because there are on higher speed sections. reporter
Carlton Ridge
Aug 10, 2022 @ 5:26pm
Aug 10, 2022
One down tree and one good leaner. Easy to get around/over both. Probably not work lugging a chainsaw up for this year. reporter
Lolo Peak (1311)
Aug 10, 2022 @ 5:26pm
Aug 10, 2022
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