6.1 miles
Distance
2,833 ft
Climb
-195 ft
Descent
02:14:09
Avg time
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Muskrat Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    South Elkhorns
    Boulder, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #72
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May-November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Wallride
  • Global Ranking
    #15130 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Muskrat Creek Trail 72 is a popular out-and-back ride that offers lots of playtime rocks along the trail.

Access Info

Exit I-90 and Boulder and turn onto the frontage road. Turn right on Sloans Lane, and then left on Upper Valley Road. Follow Upper Valley / Muskrat Road along Muskrat Creek until the road ends at the trailhead.

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More Stats for Muskrat Creek bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,637 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,353 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,000 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,353 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,990 ft
  • Grade
    8.205%
  • Grade max
    -17.127%
  • Grade min
    40.685%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3,879 ft
  • Distance flat
    833 ft
  • Avg time
    02:14:09
  • Avg reverse time
    01:31:24
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Status:
on Sep 28, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (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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      Muskrat Creek Trail Reports

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      Sep 28, 2020 @ 8:54am
      Sep 28, 2020
      reporter Double tree down a bit after the second stream crossing. Otherwise good.
      Aug 30, 2020 @ 8:44pm
      Aug 30, 2020
      All clear and riding great. Super fun
      Aug 28, 2020 @ 4:25pm
      Aug 28, 2020
      reporter One tree down. Maybe the same one that was there in June. It's not large, so someone should take a handsaw.
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 5:28pm
      Jun 27, 2020
      Muskrat has one tree down at mile 4 otherwise all clear to tizer lake. As of 6/25.
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 7:09pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      Freshly cut and clear up to 4 miles, then cut but not cleared to 5 miles. From 5 to 6 miles there are several trees some large. It was a strong...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Rawhide - Muskrat Loop
      20 miles
      Tizer Traverse Remix
      23 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      evasive MBG (Apr 21, 2016 at 7:23)
       Like most Helenans, this trail is my least favorite climb, and my absolute favorite downhill. The climb doesn't give you a break, but then the downhill doesn't either. There is a fantastic raspberry patch at the bridge in late summer. It's a big ride, but not too far from town.
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      • + 0
      pcullen (Jun 3, 2018 at 13:57)
       Trail clear of logs up to 4.5 miles, then about 8 more trees above. 6/3/18
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      MikeyMT (Jun 16, 2019 at 17:55)
       Simply amazing. The descent is one of the best around.
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      • + 0
      Camelot (Nov 24, 2019 at 10:28)
       Current blowdown greatly takes away from the flow; needs to be cleared.
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      luciannovo (Sep 29, 2020 at 14:36)
       Phenomenal downhill. Will test your ability to dodge, flow and guesstimate short drops. I would put this in my top 3 for the Helena region.
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