2.9 miles
Distance
69 ft
Climb
-1,604 ft
Descent
00:36:13
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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    July - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13760 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 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 bike 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
    00:36:13
  • Avg reverse time
    01:42:01
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on Jul 17, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.8 (10 votes)

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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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      Sheep Mountain Trail Reports

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      Jul 17, 2020 @ 3:35pm
      Jul 17, 2020
      Another slightly smaller tree down here
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 8:13pm
      Jul 12, 2020
      One tree (~10in) down across the trail just before the junction with Twin Creek Trail, descending from the summit.
      Jul 8, 2020 @ 6:09pm
      Jul 8, 2020
      Damp dirt, dry roots, no trees down. One small snowpatch w/ meltwater running into the trail but other than that it's go time.
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 11:44am
      Oct 12, 2019
      reporter A few trees down and mostly snow covered from 1-2 inches down low to 4-5 near the top.
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:38am
      Sep 22, 2019
      Couple trees down, easy to see from a distance
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