3 miles
41 ft
-1,846 ft
Avg time
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Carlton Ridge Details

  • Riding area
    Blue Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    July to October
  • Global Ranking

Awesome extension to the Mill Creek trail. Rocky and rooty up top, and fast and flowy down low. Overshooting switchbacks could be fatal. Techy but cleanable as a climb.

Access Info

Ride up or shuttle Mormon peak road. After the Mill creek intersection continue up. After taking in the view from Carlton Ridge, turn around for one of the longest continual descents in Montana.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Carlton Ridge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,806 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,421 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,251 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,226 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,421 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    803 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    128 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 27, 2018
Avg: 5 (7 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
Directions to carlton-ridge trailhead (46.690700, -114.211890)
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Carlton Ridge Trail Reports

Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:00am
Aug 27, 2018
reporter 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...
Oct 10, 2017 @ 9:55pm
Oct 10, 2017
Temporary closure due to Lolo Peak Fire
Jul 12, 2017 @ 5:47pm
Jul 12, 2017
There is one ~15ft patch of snow still covering a section of the trail as you near the ridge, but should be gone soon. Otherwise the trail is clear.
Jun 6, 2017 @ 4:34pm
Jun 6, 2017
As of 6/3/17, it is clear to Mill Creek junction, but there is impassable snow about 0.25 mi uphill from the junction. Needs several weeks to be...
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