5.9 miles
Distance
898 ft
Climb
-2,502 ft
Descent
01:06:14
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Petty Mountain Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
  • Riding Area
    Petty Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #8
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #70466 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    Lolo National Forest

Beautiful mellow backcountry alpine singletrack with extensive views of the Missoula valley, Bitterroot Range, and Mission Mountains.

Access Info

The easiest access to take the Petty Creek exit from Highway 90 near Alberton, MT. Then take the Southside Road to US Forest Service Road #5563. Follow road #5563 to the parking area for the Petty Mountain Trail.

The trail can also be accessed from Blue Mountain by riding the Grave Creek Growler jeep road.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Petty Mountain Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,604 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,274 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,268 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,071 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,467 ft
  • Grade
    -5.119%
  • Grade max
    -40.934%
  • Grade min
    26.196%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    674 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:14
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Status:
on Jun 26, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Petty Mountain Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 26, 2021 @ 2:21pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      Rode the section from Printers Creek to Petty Pasture. Trails is riding great and the wildflowers are beautiful. There was on tree down on the way...
      May 29, 2021 @ 7:51pm
      May 29, 2021
      Rode between Petty creek and Printers creek, the majority of the trail is still snow covered. Lots of downfall, definitely needs a chainsaw and a...
      Jun 21, 2020 @ 7:26am
      Jun 21, 2020
      It was mainly clear of trees. From the Albert Creek junction at the top down to the Albert Creek trailhead there was about 10 trees down.
      May 4, 2020 @ 5:47am
      May 4, 2020
      reporter The trail is mostly covered in deep snow from the Petty Pasture junction to the top.
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 3:23pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      I rode the trail between Printers Creek and Petty Pasture and there were only a couple of areas with downed trees. The first was approaching Petty...
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      Routes with this trail

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      Petty Creek to Peak21 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      BrianSD (Jun 28, 2018 at 11:04)
       Is there water typically on this route?
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      • + 0
      Nz61hockey (Jul 17, 2018 at 5:31)
       No water. 20ish down trees. Good amount of hike a bike. Views were awesome tho!
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      • + 1
      alanswanson (Sep 17, 2019 at 8:40)
       Rode from painter creek to petty pasture. Mostly rideable with some hike-a-bike and 3-4 down trees. The downhill N from Petty mtn is steep, fast and loose!
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