7.4 miles
Distance
3,114 ft
Climb
-419 ft
Descent
01:36:19
Avg time
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Sheep Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
  • 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
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    July - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #20733 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing

The main climb up to Sheep Mountain. Get on the trail at the top of Woods Gulch and start climbing. Just keep heading up at every intersection until you reach Sheep, Also makes for a fun descent.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sheep Mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,696 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,885 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,581 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,885 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,582 ft
  • Grade
    6.9%
  • Grade max
    -79.9%
  • Grade min
    96%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    167 ft
  • Avg time
    01:36:19
  • Avg reverse time
    01:45:28
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Status:
on Jun 23, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4 (11 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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  • < 50%
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  • One Direction
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      Sheep Mountain Trail Reports

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      Jun 23, 2021 @ 7:16am
      1 day
      Trail is clear and dry. There is a surly mama bear and several cubs hanging out near the junction with the Sheep Mtn Cutoff trail. She wasn’t...
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 11:16am
      Jun 20, 2021
      reporter Clear to just beyond Blue Point thanks to some motivated MTBM members with saws! No snow.
      Jun 13, 2021 @ 5:08am
      Jun 13, 2021
      A couple of miles past Sheep Cutoff, I big ol' black bear was moseying about the trail. I turned around to let it have the trail and ran into...
      Jun 7, 2021 @ 4:46pm
      Jun 7, 2021
      Cleared to Blue Point. Some snow though.
      May 30, 2021 @ 3:28pm
      May 30, 2021
      Solid snowpack above 6500'. Three trees down between 6k' and 7k'
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 21 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 108 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 19, 2020 @ 4:51pm
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      Jul 20, 2020 @ 11:20am
      Jul 20, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      MTBM - Classic Sheep Mountain Loop featured
      25 miles
      Woods Gulch - Three Larch Route - MT Dirt Girls
      7 miles
      Reverse Snake
      30 miles
      MTBM - Three Larches/Sidewinder - Blue
      11 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      kntr (Mar 22, 2015 at 21:10)
       This is a grinder. This trail can be done in both directions but I think Id rather drop down from Sheep Mountain into Lincoln Hills and ride up the Rattlesnake.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      ladyloam (Jun 22, 2020 at 8:25)
       you'd have to be a beast to finish the entire loop in 4 hours. Not impossible, but 6 hours with stops is more reasonable.
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      • + 1
      Azdolan (Jun 6, 2021 at 22:19)
       The directions are mostly correct accept for the junction with Blue Point. At this intersection you start to descend for a few hundred feet as you continue out to Sheep.
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