1.4 miles
Distance
323 ft
Climb
-53 ft
Descent
00:07:25
Avg time

Northern Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    North Hills
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Hiking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    City of Missoula

The trail provides a great loop option when combined with the Sunlight trail. It splits right from the Sunlight trail, drops into, and then crosses a broad depression before climbing steadily up to an old road bench. The trail then turns west and follows the winding road cut until it reaches some power lines. Here the trail then turns south, drops down off the road, and climbs gradually to rejoin the Sunlight trail at the top of the hill.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Northern Loop hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    271 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,578 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,849 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,578 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,849 ft
  • Grade
    3.561%
  • Grade max
    -14.725%
  • Grade min
    15.939%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1,224 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,001 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:25
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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      Jul 2, 2021
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