10 miles
Distance
2,510 ft
Climb
-4,707 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.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for MTBM - Mill Creek/Carlton Ridge - Black mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,198 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,641 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,839 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,641 ft
  • Grade
    -4.045%
  • Grade max
    -43.832%
  • Grade min
    32.665%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    524 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Mill Creek
      Oct 20, 2018 @ 9:50pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      Some snow and greasy sections on the upper portion but pretty prime otherwise, still totally rideable.
      Lolo Peak (1311)
      Oct 20, 2018 @ 9:49pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      A thin layer of snow over much of the trail and greasy in some parts but definitely still rideable.
      Carlton Ridge
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:00am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Trail is now open after the burn. It's riding great after a bunch of work by the Forest Service. Most of the "water bars" they put in are grade dips that are friendly to bikes. reporter
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