Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Rattlesnake National Recreation Site with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

11 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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

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Monday, April 11, 2016


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hiked this in the snow- made it more difficult (hello hip flexers! and cold!), but it was worth it. The maps available at the trailheads are super helpful, just make sure to return them when you're done.

Monday, April 06, 2015

We backpacked up there last weekend. Planned on going to the lakes but there was way too much snow to make it without snowshoes. The hike up was pretty strenuous for a gal that didn't do much for the winter! These hip flexers were screaming... Definitely bring bear mace, this is bear country! We brought two dogs with bells so saw little wildlife, but I did spot a grouse. Got a bit lost when the trail disappeared into the snow, ended up camping with an amazing view of the Missoula Valley. Plan on winter camping if you go this time of year. Bring plenty of fuel to melt snow to filter; there is one stream right before the snow hits, but not more until you get passed the peak (that we saw)... This even wore my Aussie/Border Collie mix out for a couple days!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great, somewhat challenging loop to hike up the Rattlesnake. Some decent elevation and plenty of switchbacks. Most the people I encountered on the trail were on mtn bikes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have done this hike twice now and it is an amazing hike it is a hard hike. the first time I hiked it we did it as a day hike it tools us 11 hours to go to the peak and back. We did this hike in June of 2011 and there was a ton of snow still up top. There are huckleberry patches on the way up so male sure to grab some when there in season. We say to black bears on are way out so be wear this is bear country. The second time we did it was following summer in August. We went back to twin lakes behind Stuart peak an camped for a night and hiked out the next day. This hike is fun but hard an views from the top are amazing!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I hiked this trail in early May and it was still very snowy. I was post-holing a bit and the trail was a little difficult to find at times. The views from the peak with snow all around were gorgeous and it was definitely worth the long hike. I saw a ruffed grouse displaying near the trail.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I've enjoyed hiking this trail several times, each time I find something new along the way. Watch out for the mountain bikes, and keep a look out for the old cabin towards the North end of the trail.

Monday, August 01, 2011

The only way to be truly satisfied by this excursion (in my opinion) is to make it all the way to the top of the peak. Yes, you DO have to ditch your bikes (just hide them in the brush) before making your ascent, and yes the climb is moderately difficult at times. But near the summit, the forest suddenly fades away and your views are fantastic! Visiting the lakes on the other side requires little effort for extra fun, and the fishing is decent. Great camping too! Check it out!

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

There are a few ways to make this trail a fantastic loop, the downside is, that no matter which trails you choose, you are gonna have a hell of a strenuous climb, the good news is, what goes up, must come down, and it's a 100% adrenalin filled downhill ride.
I preferred to climb Sawmill and cross onto Stuart Peak, head down and veer onto Wallman. Another great option is to climb Wallman and come down Sawmill.

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