2.9 miles
Distance
69 ft
Climb
-1,604 ft
Descent
00:45:24
Avg time
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Sheep Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
  • Riding Area
    The Rattlesnake
    Missoula, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #513
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    July - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #22184 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #90585 in Trail Running
    • #30416 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing

The classic Missoula ride. Drop off the back of Sheep mountain for one of the best descents around. The top is steep and rocky with some tricky switchbacks. Next is some flowy roots through the woods. Where this trail connects to the Sheep Mountain to Mineral Peak trail (still #513) you can either head out to Mineral Peak or take a left down the East Fork of the Rattlesnake for some more technical downhill and fun side-hilling on dirt that stays tacky all year round.

Access Info

Access from the top of sheep mountain. A long climb from either Woods Gulch or Lincoln Hills.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sheep Mountain multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,533 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,068 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,604 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,604 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,070 ft
  • Grade
    -9.9%
  • Grade max
    -86.5%
  • Grade min
    8.8%
  • Distance climb
    2,372 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    33 ft
  • Avg time
    00:45:24
  • Avg reverse time
    01:16:43
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on Jun 29, 2022
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Sheep Mountain Trail Reports

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      Jun 29, 2022 @ 7:43pm
      Jun 29, 2022
      Started at the Rattlesnake Main Corridor car park today and rode this. Quite a bit of snow on the switchbacks at the top. Steep and slick. Hats...
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 6:18am
      Jun 21, 2022
      Major progress was made Saturday, June 18th 2022 toward rescuing the 1513 trail from the exceptional downfall of the past two winters. A majority...
      Sep 26, 2021 @ 9:14am
      Sep 26, 2021
      In perfect shape.
      Aug 29, 2021 @ 8:16am
      Aug 29, 2021
      All clear!
      Jul 17, 2020 @ 3:35pm
      Jul 17, 2020
      Another slightly smaller tree down here
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 13 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      All
      • 134 rides
      • Last: Aug 6, 2022

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      Jul 16, 2022 @ 3:51pm
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      Jun 21, 2022 @ 6:42am
      Jun 21, 2022
      83 |
      Nov 17, 2021 @ 9:27am
      Nov 17, 2021
      60 |
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 6:54pm
      Jun 27, 2020

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