4 miles
Distance
52 ft
Climb
-2,853 ft
Descent
00:38:19
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Mill Creek Trail

Mill Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike
  • Riding Area
    Blue Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #1310
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    July to October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #16421 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Lolo National Forest

2000+ feet of non-stop no pedal descending. Steep switchbacks, huge rockgardens and fast flowy sections are your reward for hitting a seldom ridden descent close to Missoula. MTB Missoula is responsible for clearing deadfall from this trail every year, so give them some kudos, or even better become a member

Access Info

Either shuttle or ride up Mormon peak road to Lolo peak trailhead. Mill Creek trail starts less than a mile up this trail.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mill Creek mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,801 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,620 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,421 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,421 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,620 ft
  • Grade
    -13.759%
  • Grade max
    -43.832%
  • Grade min
    21.738%
  • Distance climb
    1,021 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    157 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:19
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Status:
on May 31, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (10 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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Trail Difficulties
  • 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
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to mill-creek-31929 trailhead (46.713040, -114.202980)
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      Mill Creek Trail Reports

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      May 31, 2020 @ 7:02am
      May 31, 2020
      All clear except two logs down about mid way. One hand held saw next trip down and the trail would be perfect top to bottom. All time right now.
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 4:41pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      Remember the Dust Bowl from History class?
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 4:32pm
      Jun 14, 2019
      No need to brush your teeth before this ride—the dirt is extra minty right now ????????????????????????
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 7:43am
      Jun 2, 2019
      Trail has been cleared of all deadfall and is good to go.
      Oct 20, 2018 @ 9:50pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      Some snow and greasy sections on the upper portion but pretty prime otherwise, still totally rideable.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 12 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 87 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 17, 2020 @ 2:37pm
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      Sep 17, 2020 @ 2:36pm
      Sep 17, 2020
      47 |
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 7:56pm
      Jun 27, 2020

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      Focusedinsanity (Sep 1, 2020 at 8:04)
       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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