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Mount Jumbo South Face Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,372' 418 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,745' 1,446 m
Low: 3,374' 1,028 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)

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A steady climb with great city views.

Ryan Mellem

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed Dec 1st - Mar 15th. Closures may be extended based on conditions

Need to Know

The trailhead at Cherry St. has limited parking. Stay out of people's driveways and leave a place for people to turn around. Hot and dry in the late summer. Lots of native grasses. Wildflowers in the spring. Wintering area for elk and possible avalanche terrain in the winter (hence the closure).

Description

Mt. Jumbo, one of the gatekeeper peaks at the entrance of Hellgate Canyon, frames the northeastern aspect of the Missoula Valley. While the "L" lies on Jumbo's west face, this trail wraps around the southwest side of the mountain.

The climb is long and fairly steep, but manageable if you're up for it. It's one of those climbs that relents just enough in the right places to make it an enjoyable challenge every time. Just shy of the summit lies the trail leading down to the "L" for a nice loop or continue on to the peak.

You can also link up the Lincoln Hills area by dropping down the Jumbo Backbone.

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Near the top of Jumbo. Mt. Sentinel guarding the other side of Hellgate canyon
Mar 15, 2019 near East Mi…, MT
Northward view from Mt. Jumbo summit.
Jul 22, 2019 near East Mi…, MT
Start of the singletrack climb up Jumbo
Mar 15, 2019 near Missoula, MT

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