hiking

mountain biking

The southern boundary of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness (RNRAW) is four miles north of Missoula, Montana. The National Recreation Area (NRA) lies south and adjacent to the wilderness and receives heavy use, particularly in the South Zone, within about three miles of the main trailhead. Far fewer people venture into The Rattlesnake Wilderness which is in the more remote, and northern, portion of the RNRAW. There is a trail that takes off from the main trailhead into the National Recreation Area along Rattlesnake Creek to within three miles of a scenic cluster of high alpine lakes in the wilderness. The elevation varies from 3600 feet at the NRA entrance to 8620 feet on McLeod Peak.

mountain biking
15 hours ago

Rode my bike up the trail about 5 miles, then hiked the rest of the trail. Amazing views from the top.

Walked the trailhead to the Pilcher Creek crossing on Friday, June 16, 2017. Easy walk, light drizzle. Beautiful wildflowers, two black bears near the trail. Large Elk tracks and droppings and white tail and mule deer near the trail.

walking
24 days ago

walking
29 days ago

Nice loop. Easy 5.2er just north of Missoula. Good views about 1.5 miles in and a nice meadow for wildlife watching if there isn't too much foot traffic. "I like"

hiking
1 month ago

It was really fun besides you can't have a dog

Very pretty walk! Fun in the snow. Didn't do the whole loop. I'm hoping to in the future. Amazing scenery!! Good spots to take photos.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a nice winter morning hike.

It was super pretty in the snow. Not strenuous at all but a good quick hike!

Great little loop run or Mtn bike in the Rattlesnake. For the less fit it is a moderate to hard hike. You can get water from spring creek but I'd filter. Dry and hot on the east side in the summer. My favorite time of the year on the west side is November when it 'snows' larch needles.