9 miles
Distance
4,142 ft
Climb
-482 ft
Descent
02:00:16
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
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    July - October
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #20733 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sheep Mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3,660 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,903 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,563 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,903 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,562 ft
  • Grade
    7.4%
  • Grade max
    -81.2%
  • Grade min
    87.8%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    128 ft
  • Avg time
    02:00:16
  • Avg reverse time
    04:11:10
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Status:
on Nov 8, 2019
Icy
Avg: 4 (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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • Other Other
      Directions to sheep-mountain-25475 trailhead (46.920280, -113.948180)
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      Sheep Mountain Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Nov 8, 2019 @ 6:24am
      Nov 8, 2019
      reporter The trail is covered in packed snow and ice from the Woods Gulch trailhead up to the ridge. It's rideable downhill at a slow speed with prudent...
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 9:12pm
      Oct 12, 2019
      reporter The trail is mostly covered in snow from the Blue Point turn to the top of Sheep Mountain and there are a few trees down. Below Blue Point there...
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:38am
      Sep 22, 2019
      Some chundery spots from recent rains but overall pretty dang good.
      Aug 19, 2019 @ 6:11pm
      Aug 19, 2019
      I rode the Sheep Mountain Trail starting from the Marshall Creek side up to the Blue Point Overlook on 18 August (Marshall Grade Road #2122 up to...
      Jul 22, 2019 @ 1:37pm
      Jul 22, 2019
      There are three trees down between the cutoff to Three Larch and Sheep Mtn Summit. One big one closer to Sheep that will require a big saw. A...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 61 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      Jul 14, 2019 @ 12:02am
      Jul 14, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag kanter (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]

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