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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.

Beautiful Saturday, warm temps & the Lupine was spectacular & fragrant!


Fun little hike. I am guessing this is rated moderate for the uphill portion. The old cabin was cool. Definitely watch out for mountain bikes- there were way more bikers than hikers on the trail today. Some wildflowers. Very pretty.

I went the meadow way first and then down Curry Gulch. The meadow is beautiful and it’s not difficult to hike up the gradual incline.

This was a great little solo hike that took up about 4 hours of my morning. Sound of the creek was relaxing and gives a opportunity to cool off when needed.

Took my wife and 2 young kids (6 and 10) on this hike and they did fantastic. The second portion of the hike was the most memorable descending along a more exposed mountain side. Highly recommend :)

I think this should be classified as easy-moderate. Not many views but it is a nice trail of you want to get out in the woods. Still quite a bit of snow at the top, but I was able to trek through it. I took my shoes off at the gulch because it was too wide to cross over and did not want to get soiled! Also some fallen trees and branch cluster build ups sporadically along the trail. Other than that, great trail!

Beautiful loop, my pup had a blast! still quite a bit of snow so be prepared.

great trail. a lot of everything to see and do

5 months ago

Nice trail for winter fun like snowshoeing, cross country skiing or fat tire biking. Quite crowded, at least over the holidays, but everyone seems pretty happy to be out in the magical snowy wonderland. Wide trail, fairly easy and mild. Gorgeous views, and you follow the creek off and on along the way. Only did a few miles today, but excited to go back for more!

Easy, great for mountain biking.

Great trail for walking your dog or mountain biking. Many different options available.

So beautiful after rain. Switchbacks were just right for a challenge. Great views. Bring some snacks and water.

This was a great workout! Lots of mountain bikers.

10 months ago

This is a nice day-hiker. Bring lots of water since there's only one little spring about halfway up and it could be dry July and later. Not much for views till you get to the top but it's worth the climb. Cheers

Amazing hike, not for the weak or faint of heart! At this time of year there is still snow up there!

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11 months ago

Road our bikes to Franklin Bridge last Friday. First Mtn bike ride for my girls and they did great. Wildflowers beautiful, White Tail and Mule Deer and our second run-in with a year old Blond black bear just off the trail. Other hikers, walkers and cyclists were courteous. The creek is still pumping!

Wow. It wore me out, but it is well worth the hike.

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11 months ago

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

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"

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

Monday, March 06, 2017

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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This was a nice winter morning hike.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

My puppy loved it!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

2 mountain lions seen just off trail today, July 6, 2016.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very easy hike

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Excellent easy-level hike; mild elevation change; gorgeous wooded scenery; good for hiking, trail running, mountain biking

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