Sheep Mountain Trail #513


This challenging trail is popular for day hiking and mountain biking. It is often used as a main trail for accessing other trails in the area and travels through forested areas. This trail accesses Sheep Mountain which stands at 7582 feet. The grade is fairly steep, increasing 5 miles from the trailhead; the entire trail is challenging overall.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Rattlesnake South Zone is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Please view our Rattlesnake (RNRAW) Restriction information.
Closest Towns: Missoula, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: None
Information Center: Missoula Ranger District, 406-329-3814

General Information

Directions: From Interstate 90 in Missoula, take the Van Buren Street exit #105 and head north. Van Buren Street will turn into Rattlesnake Drive. Stay on Rattlesnake Drive for approximately 3 miles until you reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area entrance. Travel another 0.25 mile and turn right on Woods Gulch Road. Follow the road and you will come to a trailhead at the first major bend in the road. Very limited parking.
General Notes: For details, view our brochure "Rattlesnake National Recreation Area" and our map, "Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area." See our Maps & Publications section.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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  Area/Length : 
13.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
3780 feet - 7582 feet