6 miles
Distance
2,833 ft
Climb
-195 ft
Descent
02:13:24
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Muskrat Creek Trail

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Muskrat Creek bike 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
    02:13:24
  • Avg reverse time
    01:18:27
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Status:
on May 30, 2020
Variable
Avg: 4.55 (7 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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  • Clear / Green
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  • 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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      Muskrat Creek Trail Reports

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      May 30, 2020 @ 8:41pm
      16 hours
      Snow 5.5 miles in. Fresh large boulder on trail 1 mile in. Look up to see the path of destruction. 1 tree down 4.5 miles in.
      Nov 24, 2019 @ 10:26am
      Nov 24, 2019
      Frozen ground was very rideable, but there was too much blowdown that took away from the flow. Needs to be cleared.
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 11:42am
      Sep 21, 2019
      A few trees down
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 9:28am
      Aug 16, 2019
      One tree down about 4.5 miles up the trail. A handsaw could probably take care of it.
      Jun 25, 2019 @ 12:35pm
      Jun 25, 2019
      Good job to whom ever cleared the trees! There are three up top within the last mile to two of the trail. First impassable snow 100’ from the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 94 rides
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      Photos

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      Jul 25, 2017 @ 9:47pm
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      Jul 25, 2017 @ 9:46pm
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Tizer Traverse Remix
      23 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag MikeyMT (Jun 16, 2019 at 17:55)
       Simply amazing. The descent is one of the best around.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Camelot (Nov 24, 2019 at 10:28)
       Current blowdown greatly takes away from the flow; needs to be cleared.
      [Reply]

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