Monday, August 10, 2015

Sheep Mountain

Jen riding toward Sheep Mountain

Sheep Mountain is considered Missoula's classic alpine mountain bike loop. It's  a ride you wait to do later in the season when you have some fitness and it is good to go with someone that knows the trail. There are a couple ways to start the ride, but most folks finish at the Rattlesnake trailhead. As far as loops go, Sheep Mountain is pretty much as good as it gets.

This year John and I started up Lincoln hills trail head and rode up to Blue Point. This is quite an effort for climbing, but once you make it to this junction, life gets fun on a windy decent for another hour toward Sheep Mountain. There is more climbing, but I like it since it is so high in elevation with awesome alpine views. 

We saw 2 bears this time, one eating huckleberries, the other ran across the trail on a mission. Our friends that were 30 mins behind us came onto a Mountain Lion on the trail at the top of the Rattlesnake corridor. That is an area where a lot of wildlife is passing through since there is ample water and a highway from the Wilderness range from the Mission Mountains.

Only 2 wrecks this year, John did an amazing track-star moment flipping over his handle bars on the first tight corner below Sheep Mountain. He literally jumped with both legs spread and was able to land onto the rockiest section of the trail with no broken ankles. It was impressive.

There was only 3 trees down thanks to the efforts of MTB MISSOULA. THANKS GUYS!

Our ride was 35 miles with 5,300 ft of elevation with a moving time of 5 hours. Great adventure!

The Enchanted Forest

Jen and John 
Old Fire look-out on top

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