6 miles
425 ft
-3,695 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sheep Mountain Descent Trail


  • Riding area
    The Rattlesnake
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    July - October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

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. After a little more climbing you hit the "enchanted forest" with some 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
More Stats for Sheep Mountain Descent mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,270 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,357 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,627 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,627 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,357 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,024 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 12, 2018
Avg: 4.55 (9 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to sheep-mountain-descent trailhead (46.947510, -113.807070)
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Sheep Mountain... Trail Reports

Aug 12, 2018 @ 5:23pm
Aug 12, 2018
reporter Trail is skinny and deteriorating and it is easy to wash out and fall down the hill side.
Jul 8, 2018 @ 12:21pm
Jul 8, 2018
Cleared of downed trees by MTBmissoula 7-7-2018.
Jun 25, 2018 @ 6:14pm
Jun 25, 2018
159ish trees across the trail. Lots of snow on the upper switchbacks
Aug 27, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Aug 27, 2017
Watch out for downed trees!
Jul 20, 2017 @ 1:25pm
Jul 20, 2017
Great descent. Bone dry and dusty up top, variable to muddy to creek crossings down low. You'll get your feet wet (and you'll welcome the cool...
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