6.1 miles
Distance
2,833 ft
Climb
-195 ft
Descent
07:14:52
Avg time
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  • USFS
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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
  • 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
    #36784 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #52753 in Hiking
  • 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
    07:14:52
  • Avg reverse time
    04:36:22
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Status:
on Jun 26, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.65 (8 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Muskrat Creek Trail Reports

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      Jun 26, 2021 @ 8:11pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      Trail is clear to Tizer Lakes trail junction, thanks to my hubby and his chainsaw! Very dry and loose. Needs drainage maintenance. Stop and clear...
      Jun 26, 2021 @ 8:11pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      Trail is clear to Tizer Lakes trail junction, thanks to my hubby and his chainsaw! Very dry and loose. Needs drainage maintenance. Stop and clear...
      Jun 14, 2021 @ 8:23am
      Jun 14, 2021
      To reiterate the other report. Full matchstick trees at ~mile 5. The trail is not all clear. But the bottom is starting to grow grass. Dusty dry...
      Jun 13, 2021 @ 5:43pm
      Jun 13, 2021
      Jun 13, 2021 @ 5:43pm
      Jun 13, 2021
      Some wet spots around the marsh - easily rideable. Trees down starting around 4 miles, basically impassable at 5 miles. The lower part of the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 141 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Rawhide - Muskrat Loop20 miles
      Tizer Traverse Remix23 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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      • + 0
      MikeyMT (Jun 16, 2019 at 17:55)
       Simply amazing. The descent is one of the best around.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Camelot (Nov 24, 2019 at 10:28)
       Current blowdown greatly takes away from the flow; needs to be cleared.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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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