3.6 miles
Distance
562 ft
Climb
-1,909 ft
Descent
01:05:42
Avg time
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1513 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    The Rattlesnake
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late June - Oct (depending on snow and blow-down)
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #60414 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #76812 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Land Owner

Trail 1513 is a ridgeline descent in the Rattlesnake backcountry that's got it all. Steeps, exposure, rocky sections, creek crossings, and tight switchbacks on singletrack that climbs then descends through lodgepole forest.

To access this trail, look for a vague cut-off trail with a cairn heading north as you approach Sheep Mountain from the south. This trail sees only occasional use due to deadfall but when cleared, it is a slightly shorter route to the East Fork of Rattlesnake Creek #514 than riding over the summit of Sheep Mountain. The trail follows the prominent ridge to the north of Sheep Mountain before joining the East Fork Trail. Check in with the Forest Service or the local trail group (MTB Missoula) for information on the condition of this trail.

Access Info

Drive north out of Missoula on Van Buren into the Rattlesnake valley and follow signs to the main recreation trailhead. From there, ride up Woods Gulch to the start of trail 513.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for 1513 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,348 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,705 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,338 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,214 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,866 ft
  • Grade
    -7.129%
  • Grade max
    -56.601%
  • Grade min
    27.814%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    308 ft
  • Avg time
    01:05:42
  • Avg reverse time
    02:45:24
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on Jul 10, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)
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      1513 Trail Reports

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      Jul 10, 2022 @ 8:12am
      Jul 10, 2022
      Trail is fully melted out and clear of all deadfall. The descent off the top down to the first creek gets pretty brushy so ride with caution. All...
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 9:12am
      Jun 26, 2022
      MTB Missoula Sawyer team attempted to finish clearing 1513 and was mostly successful in reopening this trail from 2 years of blowdown....
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 6:18am
      Jun 21, 2022
      Major progress was made Saturday, June 18th 2022 toward rescuing the 1513 trail from the exceptional downfall of the past two winters. A majority...
      Jun 28, 2021 @ 9:32am
      Jun 28, 2021
      reporter Massive blow down this year. MTB Missoula sawyers only made it about halfway through. Not sure if it will be fully cut out this year, but the...
      Aug 23, 2020 @ 9:14am
      Aug 23, 2020
      reporter Trail is in great shape. I cleared a few smaller trees with a handsaw. There was one tree that was too big for me to cut. It's about 10 inches in...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 5 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 34 rides
      • Last: Oct 21, 2022

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      Aug 16, 2020 @ 2:34pm
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      NSmith11 (Oct 24, 2022 at 18:14)
      If you are riding this it is for the views and feel of some great exposure and forest. When it comes to fun technical downhill riding this is pretty near the bottom of my list. The steep section isn't that steep and is very short. The upper section of trail surface feels like riding through cow pasture making it difficult to enjoy what should be loads of fun. I would hike this plenty but no real interest in riding it again.
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