Looking for a great trail in Rattlesnake National Recreation Site, Montana? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Rattlesnake National Recreation Site ranging from 4.3 to 11.4 miles and from 3,592 to 5,213 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

a very nice quiet trail! there are lots of cross country skiers and bikers so just be respectful of the other people on the trail. also it is almost always snowing it seems when I go up there so be prepared!

backpacking
5 months ago

First overnight trip for my 11 year old. Choose this because of the easy grade, although the 3.5 miles to be able to camp was a bit far for his first time I think. Had a nice time though, and the creek water felt great on the way back under hot sun. Didn’t see any critters.

Always enjoy the Rattlesnake.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful easy hiking trail along the river.

Did this trail with my husband and 8 year old son. It took us a couple of hours and was pretty easy. We took a detour trail down the middle and the rejoined the trail described here. While it was a little longer it was beautiful and worth doing.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice scenery but it needs more shade

Awesome.

trail running
6 months ago

***July 14th, just late in posting. Awesome hike & run! I felt the trek through the first maybe 4-5 miles through the valley was a little stuffy. After that though in gaining elevation the views and terrain started opening up. The views of the lakes towards the top were incredible! And the scramble to the summit was pretty crazy but well worth it.

This trail is not near Sawmills Gultch. It is part of the Wallman trail.

mountain biking
6 months ago

A fantastic trail for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. Wide trails, steady incline, plenty of shade and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the scenery. Very dog friendly as well if you want to ride with your pups. Both trail runs and cyclists would appreciate.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Black bears on trail

The trail (going counter-clockwise) was very quiet and peaceful. Even though it was 90 degrees when we started out, it was comfortable in the shade. There are basically no trail markings so it is easy to stray. Although there were a few miles of trail through a pretty but not particularly interesting forest, much of the trail is scenic and varied. A vigorous hike but I would have rated it as moderate. Only the length might have someone thinking it is hard. The climb covers about four and a half miles but is very steady - maybe a 7 degree slope - and on even track.

hiking
8 months ago

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

Kmmmkmun

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 it’s a trail that’s more interesting for mountain biking. Very little views.

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!

For a quick local hike, it was fun! Great views from the summit.

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

snowshoeing
Sunday, December 31, 2017

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!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Easy, great for mountain biking.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nothing special.

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

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