“Beautiful views and fun sinletrack close to Libby, MT!
— Nick Raines
Great mountain bike ride just outside Libby, MT. The trail primarily climbs gated USFS gravel/dirt roads to the radio repeater and cell tower on Sheldon Mountain. From there, 2 distinct sections of singletrack lead back to the start.
The top portion is classic fast singletrack with several tight switchbacks. The bottom section is a flowing ripper with lots of small features.
The trail often sees moderate horse traffic, and can become loose by late season.
Need to Know
A wide range of wildlife is known to frequent this area (including deer, elk, black bear, mountain lions, etc.).
Park at the corner of Pipe Creek Rd and Sheldon Flats Rd. Begin the ride by heading up Pipe Creek Rd for approximately 1.25 miles. Turn right onto Michael's Draw. Turn left at the first gated road (approx. .5 miles). Follow the main road for 2.5 miles (including a right turn at both road forks. The road becomes slightly overgrown and loose at some points, but is easy to follow. Take a right once the smaller road joins the primary road to the tower (.3 miles from the tower).
The singletrack is marked and begins southeast of the cell tower building. The upper portion of the trail follows classic singletrack through ponderosa pines. Several tight, slightly-banked switchbacks dot the trail. Eventually, the trail pops out on Michael's Draw. Turn right and follow the road approximately .3 miles to the signed trail marker. Turn left for the most fun portion of the ride.
This section is a bit more up-and-down, but includes a lot of great features (small jumps, whoops, switchbacks, etc.). Two steeper sections round out the end of the ride.
Continue to follow the trail until it reaches Sheldon Flats Rd. Turn right for a short ride back to the starting point.