6 miles
Distance
898 ft
Climb
-2,502 ft
Descent
01:21:58
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Petty Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #8
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #104072 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

More Stats for Petty Mountain Trail bike 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
    01:21:58
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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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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • 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
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      Petty Mountain Trail Trail Reports

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      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...
      May 20, 2019 @ 8:51am
      May 20, 2019
      Intermittent snow patches on trail above 6300 ft cleared several fallen trees and over growth for the first 2.7 miles. As stated snow stopped...
      Aug 13, 2018 @ 9:30am
      Aug 13, 2018
      There are couple of forested areas with a number of trees down below the peak and before the junction with the Petty Pasture trail. The alpine...
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag BrianSD (Jun 28, 2018 at 11:04)
       Is there water typically on this route?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Nz61hockey (Jul 17, 2018 at 5:31)
       No water. 20ish down trees. Good amount of hike a bike. Views were awesome tho!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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!
      [Reply]

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