2 miles
19 ft
-1,395 ft
Avg time
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Sheldon Mountain Details

  • Riding Area
    Libby, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    March-November (depending on snow)
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #26280 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Kootenai National Forest

Classic fast singletrack with several tight switchbacks just outside Libby, MT. This trail can be combined with Sheldon Mountain - Trail Access for a great loop ride.

The most common route down begins at the radio repeater/cell tower on Sheldon Mountain. The upper portion of the trail follows classic singletrack through ponderosa pines. Several tight, banked switchbacks dot the trail. Eventually, the trail pops out on Michael's Draw. Turn right and follow the road approximately .3 miles to the signed trail marker. Turn left for the most fun portion of the ride.

The second section is a bit more up-and-down, but includes a lot of great features (small jumps, whoops, switchbacks, etc.). Two steeper sections round out the end of the ride. The trail ends on Sheldon Flats Rd.

The singeltrack trail does continue up to the top of Sheldon Mountain, but is only accessible via out-and-back ride/push up.

Access Info

Sheldon Mountain trail can be accessed via multiple road/forest road climbs. The most common approach is to park at the corner of Pipe Creek Rd and Sheldon Flats Rd. Begin the ride by heading up Pipe Creek Rd for approximately 1.25 miles. Turn right onto Michael's Draw. Turn left at the first gated road (approx. .5 miles). Follow the main road for 2.5 miles (including a right turn at both road forks. The road becomes slightly overgrown and loose at some points, but is easy to follow. Take a right once the smaller road joins the primary road to the tower (.3 miles from the tower).

The singletrack is marked and begins southeast of the cell tower building.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sheldon Mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,376 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,303 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,685 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,685 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,310 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,578 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    681 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • 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
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag AFugax (Apr 29, 2017 at 16:43)
 Fun ride, little too long of a climb for a short downhill. At the start of the trail behind the cell tower- there is another trail that looks to come from up higher but is not on trailforks?? Didn't have time to explore.

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