Blue Mountain Lookout - Deadman Ridge

Missoula, Montana

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The system of trails at the Blue Mountain National Recreation Area is one of the first to dry out after the winter and provides a wide variety of options for beginners as well as expert mountain bikers. This ride involves a long, non-technical climb to yet another peak that is hard by Missoula standards. The recreation area is home to many species of animals and a nice variety of plant life— although exotic weeds have taken over sections of the landscape. Cars are allowed on most of the road portion of this ride, and during the summer it gets mighty dusty. Still, Blue Mountain provides a good place to build stamina and get familiar with handling techniques. As of this writing, the sweet singletrack of Deadman Ridge, which I’ve included as a route for descent, had not gained the popularity of similar trails found in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, perhaps due to the relative challenges of tackling the steep and technical terrain it offers. Ultimately, only truly hardy riders will want to try to climb Blue Mountain via the ridge, but intermediates and experts alike will enjoy the challenge of the thrilling Deadman downhill. Tread: 14 miles on gravel and primitive roads and 8.2 miles of singletrack.
Mountain Biking Missoula

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Mountain Biking Missoula

by Dan Oko (Falcon Guides)

The system of trails at the Blue Mountain National Recreation Area is one of the first to dry out after the winter and provides a wide variety of options for beginners as well as expert mountain bikers. This ride involves a long, non-technical climb to yet another peak that is hard by Missoula standards. The recreation area is home to many species of animals and a nice variety of plant life— although exotic weeds have taken over sections of the landscape. Cars are allowed on most of the road portion of this ride, and during the summer it gets mighty dusty.

Still, Blue Mountain provides a good place to build stamina and get familiar with handling techniques. As of this writing, the sweet singletrack of Deadman Ridge, which I’ve included as a route for descent, had not gained the popularity of similar trails found in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, perhaps due to the relative challenges of tackling the steep and technical terrain it offers. Ultimately, only truly hardy riders will want to try to climb Blue Mountain via the ridge, but intermediates and experts alike will enjoy the challenge of the thrilling Deadman downhill. Tread: 14 miles on gravel and primitive roads and 8.2 miles of singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 22.2
Elevation Gain: 3,060 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 6 hours
Season: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,460 feet
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS SW Missoula, Blue Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Mountain Lookout - Deadman Ridge

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