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.

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Day Hiking

This trail is frequently used to access other trails in the area such as the Mount Jumbo trails managed by the city.
Elevation desc3780 feet to 7582 feet
Difficulty Level: Difficult


This challenging trail can be backpacked by itself or combined with other area trails to create challenging trips through the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness. See the brochure "Rattlesnake Recreation Area" for trail locations and lengths. The highest point along the trail is 7582 feet at Sheep Mountain.
Elevation desc3780 feet to 7582 feet
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


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  Area/Length : 
13.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
3780 feet - 7582 feet