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MISSOULA AREA TRAIL MAPS

Where do I ride?

Missoula is a haven for wilderness mountain biking experiences. Numerous recreational trailheads are located within minutes of downtown Missoula. These trails are easy to find, but if you have never ridden these trails or don’t have a guide you may need assistance. To ensure your self-guided tour is a success, the following routes are available your convenience.

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Quick Spin Trails

MoZ Hidden Treasure Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Intersection of Maurice and South Streets. 
Distance: 8.4 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1685 feet 
Moving Time: about 1 hour 22 minutes 
Type of Trail: gravel road, double track trail, and single track trails 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.0

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US West and Jumbo Saddle Loop

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the University Footbridge on the campus of the University of Montana
Distance: 11.8 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet 
Moving Time: about 1 hour 30 minutes 
Type of Trail: dirt road, double track, single track, and asphalt roads 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 2.4

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Missoula Microbrew Tour

Starting Location:  Access the Clark Fork River trail system at any point and make the grand tour sampling all the great microbrews Missoula has to offer.  Breweries on the loop include the Kettlehouse on Myrtle Street, Bayern Brewery, Draught Works Brewery, Northside Kettlehouse, Flathead Lake Brewing Company, and Tamarack Brewery.     
Distance: 8 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: negligible 
Moving Time: Plan on expending 5 to 6 hours 
Type of Trail: gravel trails, city streets  
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 1.0

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Heart Pumping Trails

Rattlesnake Snow Bowl Overlook Trail

Starting Location: This is a loop that starts at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead.
Distance: 9.6 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2099 feet
Moving Time: about 1.5 hours
Type of Trail: single track
Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.4

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Rattlesnake Sawmill Gulch and Turkey Trail Loop

Starting Location: This is a loop that starts at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead.
Distance: 8.4 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1467 feet
Moving Time: about 1.5 hours
Type of Trail: single track, dirt road
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.5

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Rattlesnake Wallman Trail

Starting Location: This is a loop that starts at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead.
Distance: 8.2 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1383 feet
Moving Time: about 1 hour
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.4

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Rattlesnake Spring Gulch and Drop Out Trail

Starting Location: This trail is a loop that starts at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead.
Distance: 10.0 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1713 feet
Moving Time: about 1 hour 20 minutes
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.4

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Mount Jumbo Sidewinder Trails

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends in Lincoln Wood on the Rattlesnake Trail.
Distance: 7.6 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1250 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hour 20 minutes
Type of Trail: gravel road, double track trail, and single track trails
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.3

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Mount Jumbo, Blue Point, and Sidewinder Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends in Lincoln Wood on the Rattlesnake Trail.
Distance: 7.8 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2591 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hour 20 minutes
Type of Trail: gravel road, double track trail, and single track trails
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 6.6

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Marshall Canyon Trail

Starting Location: Start at the intersection of Marshall Canyon Road and Highway 10/12, one mile east of Missoula.  A pullout for parking is available on the northeast section of the intersection. 
Distance: 9.3 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1844 feet
Moving Time: 1:10 hours
Type: Loop, mostly singletrack, some dirt roads
Climb Difficulty (range 1 to 6): 4.0

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Marshall Mountain Mittower Gulch Trail

Starting Location: Start at the intersection of Marshall Canyon Road and Highway 10/12, one mile east of East Missoula. A pullout for parking is available on the northeast section of the intersection.
Distance: 12.2 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3116 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hours
Type of Trail: Mostly logging roads and single track
Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.9

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Blue Mountain Blueberry Trail

Starting Location: This trail starts and ends at the Blue Mountain Recreation Area Trailhead. 
Distance: 9.6 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1,675 feet
Moving Time: about 1.2 hours
Type of Trail: Logging roads, singletrack, and gravel roads
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.5

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Blue Mountain Hayes Point Trail

Starting Location: This trail starts and ends at the Blue Mountain Recreation Area Trailhead. 
Distance: 10.2 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1,754 feet
Moving Time: about 1.2 hours
Type of Trail: Logging roads, singletrack, and gravel roads
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.4

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MoZ, Hidden Treasure, and Mount Sentinel Trails

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Corner of Maurice and South Streets. 
Distance: 10.4 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2182 feet
Moving Time: 1:4 hours
Type: Out and back, mostly singletrack, some dirt roads
Climb Difficulty (range 1 to 6): 4.2

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MoZ, Hidden Treasure, and Sam Braxton Trails

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the intersection of Maurice and South Streets. 

Distance: 14.9 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2861 feet
Moving Time: 2 hours
Type of Trail: Mostly single track, some jeep trails.
Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.8

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Crazy Canyon Mount and Mount Sentinel Loop

Starting Location: This is a loop that starts at the Crazy Canyon Trailhead.
Distance: 6.8 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1538 feet
Moving Time: about 1 hour
Type of Trail: Forest service road and single track
Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.5

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Crazy Canyon University and Beacon Trail

Starting Location: This trail is a loop that starts at the Crazy Canyon trailhead.
Distance: 9.8 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2,560 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hours
Type of Trail: Singletrack and logging roads
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 5.2

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Pattee Canyon Sam Braxton Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Pattee Canyon Sam Braxton Trailhead. 
Distance: 7 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1313 feet
Moving Time: 1:5 hours
Type: Loop, mostly singletrack, some dirt roads
Climb Difficulty (range 1 to 6): 3.8

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Pattee Canyon Zephyr Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Pattee Canyon Sam Braxton Trailhead. 
Distance: 13.7 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2785 feet
Moving Time: 1:5 hours
Type: Loop, mostly singletrack, some dirt roads
Climb Difficulty (range 1 to 6): 4.1

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Deer Creek Sneak Trail

Starting Location: This trail starts at the Van Buren Footbridge on the University of Montana campus.
Distance: 17.3 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2,325 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hours
Type of Trail: Gravel road, logging roads, and single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 2.7

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Mud & Blood Trails

Woods Gulch, 2 Larch, and 3 Larch Trails

Starting Location: This is a loop that starts at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead.
Distance: 7.6 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1780 feet
Moving Time: about 1.5 hours
Type of Trail: mostly single track
Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.7

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Snowbowl Point Six Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Snowbowl Ski Resort parking lot.
Distance: 17.2 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3707 feet
Moving Time: about 3 hours
Type of Trail: single track, dirt road
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.3

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Snowbowl Beargrass Highway Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Snowbowl Ski Resort parking lot. 
Distance: 11 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3134 feet
Moving Time: about 2 hours
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 5.7

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Grant Creek Ravine Trail

Starting Location: This trail starts at the Ravine Trailhead parking area, which is about 1 mile past the Snow Bowl Ski Area turnoff on Grant Creek.
Distance: 5.6 miles
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1509 feet
Moving Time: about 1 hour
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 5.4

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Blue Point Hayduke Trail

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead
Distance: 13.75 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3,594 feet 
Moving Time: about 2.5 hours 
Type of Trail: single track 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 5.8

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Epic Rides

Lolo Mill Creek Trail

Starting Location: This ride stats and ends at Fort Fizzle Day Park on Highway 12, West of Lolo, Montana. 
Distance:  18 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain:  3294 feet 
Moving Time: about 4 to 5 hours 
Type of Trail: single track, dirt road 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6):  1.8

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Rattlesnake - Sawmill Gulch to Spring Gulch and Woods Gulch to Sidewinder Trails

Starting Location: This ride starts and ends in Missoula at the UM Footbridge.
Distance: 29 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 3656 feet 
Moving Time: about 3.5 hours 
Type of Trail: single track, dirt road, paved roads 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 2.5

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Sheep Mountain Trail

Starting Location: This ride stats and ends at the Rattlesnake Recreation Area Trailhead. 
Distance: 24.8 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 5853 feet 
Moving Time: about 5 to 6 hours 
Type of Trail: single track, dirt road 
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 4.7

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Bitterroot Trails

Bass Creek Day Trail

Starting Location: Take Bass Creek road, which is 4 miles south of Florence on Highway 93, and travel west 2 miles.  The trailhead is across from the Charles Waters Memorial Campground.      
Distance: 7.7 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1243 feet 
Moving Time: about 1.5 to 2 hours 
Type of Trail:
 single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.2

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Como Lake

Starting Location: The trailhead starts at the Como Lake Campground and circumnavigates the lake.
Distance: 8.5 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 530 feet 
Moving Time: about 1.5 to 2 hours 
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 1.2

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Coyote Coulee

Starting Location: The trailhead is 8 miles south of Hamilton on Highway 93, turn west on Lost Horse Road.  Drive 2.5 miles to the Forest Road 496, to Coyote Coulee Trailhead.
Distance: 9.3 miles 
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1568 feet 
Moving Time: about 1.5 to 2 hours 
Type of Trail: single track
Climb Difficulty (scale 1 to 6): 3.3

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Go to this link in Google Maps for locations to the most popular trailheads in the Missoula area. Trailhead Locator