6 miles
Distance
425 ft
Climb
-3,695 ft
Descent
01:19:17
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sheep Mountain Descent Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    The Rattlesnake
    Missoula, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July - October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13760 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 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
    -9.593%
  • Grade max
    -46.524%
  • Grade min
    30.377%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,024 ft
  • Avg time
    01:19:17
  • Avg reverse time
    02:29:36
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.6 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Directions to sheep-mountain-descent trailhead (46.947510, -113.807070)
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      Sheep Mountain... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 9:01am
      Oct 27, 2018
      reporter First few switchbacks off the top are snow covered but mostly rideable. Next snow may close the riding window.
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 6:42am
      Sep 2, 2018
      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
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      • 30 miles avg distance
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