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

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Mountain Biking

This steep trail is for experienced mountain bikers. This trail can be combined with other trails in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area to create incredibly challenging routes. Bicycles are restricted to designated system trails as shown on the map to reduce user conflict and to protect resources. See brochure, "Rattlesnake National Recreation Area;" bicycle trails are marked with gray diamonds. Off-trail bicycling, construction of jumps and/or other structures and user-built trails are prohibited.
Difficulty Level: Difficult


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13.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
3780 feet - 7582 feet