Blue Mountain Lookout - Deadman Ridge

Missoula, Montana 59803

Blue Mountain Lookout - Deadman Ridge

Blue Mountain Lookout - Deadman Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,060 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
3 - 6 hours
Best summer and fall
3,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,460 feet
Top Elevation
Lolo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS SW Missoula, Blue Mountain
Local Maps