3 miles
Distance
41 ft
Climb
-1,846 ft
Descent
00:32:47
Avg time
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Carlton Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Blue Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    July to October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4151 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking

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.

More Stats for Carlton Ridge 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
    -11.963%
  • Grade max
    -28.579%
  • Grade min
    7.716%
  • Distance climb
    803 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    128 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:47
  • Avg reverse time
    01:18:16
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Status:
on Jun 2, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.75 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Carlton Ridge Trail Reports

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      Jun 2, 2019 @ 7:47am
      Jun 2, 2019
      Trail is clear and dry up to about 7100' at which point there are still drifts of snow. Theses are passable on foot however, there are enough of...
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 13 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      • 34 rides
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      Jul 26, 2019 @ 11:39am
      Jul 26, 2019
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      Jul 26, 2019 @ 11:39am
      Jul 26, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      MTBM - Mill Creek/Carlton Ridge - Black
      10 miles

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