4.0 miles
Distance
2,632 ft
Climb
-194 ft
Descent
01:39:36
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Printers Creek Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    Petty Mountain
    Missoula, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #718
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Land Manager
    Lolo National Forest

The Printers Creek trail provides access to Petty Mountain from the Petty Creek Valley. The trail starts by following an old road bed with some areas of overgrown vegetation. At about two miles the trail leaves the road bed and heads up a ridge to a junction with the Petty Mountain trail. The ridge climb is steep requiring some hiking, especially over the first couple of miles. At higher elevations the grade slackens and the trail becomes more rideable.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Printers Creek Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,438 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,493 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,968 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,493 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,930 ft
  • Grade
    11.467%
  • Grade max
    -72.933%
  • Grade min
    64.856%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,287 ft
  • Distance flat
    795 ft
  • Avg time
    01:39:36
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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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      Printers Creek Trail Trail Reports

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      May 29, 2021 @ 7:48pm
      May 29, 2021
      Bottom section has some brushy moments, snow gets more consistent in the last mile before the junction. Lots of downfall in the last mile as well
      Sep 17, 2019 @ 8:35am
      Sep 17, 2019
      Brushy with a dozen or so down trees, otherwise great.
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 3:18pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      Trails is a bit overgrown in places at the lower elevations but is still easy to follow. There are a few large trees down that will require a...
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      Routes with this trail

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      Petty Creek to Peak
      21 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      alanswanson (Sep 17, 2019 at 8:35)
       Brutal as a climb, would be really fun to come down. Beautiful views. Had a dozen plus trees down as of 9/16/19.
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