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Best trails in Rattlesnake National Recreation Site

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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 8 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.

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#1 - Rattlesnake Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 33.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Close to Missoula, this trail is popular for day hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking. The trail was an old logging road so it is wide, has a relatively gentle grade for the first 9 miles, and rouShow more
#2 - Spring Gulch, Wallman Trail, and Rattlesnake Trail Loop
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
A couple things to note: trail is actually a combination of trails and there is a creek you will have to cross at separation of Spring Gulch trail (you go right from mail trail, map is accurate) and yShow more
#3 - Stuart Peak Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 10 h 25 m
The Stuart Peak Trail will take you all the way to the Rattlesnake Wilderness, which is the turn around point for mountain bikers since bikes are not allowed past this point. The climb is long and strShow more
#4 - Sawmill Curry Gulch Loop Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
Sawmill Curry Gulch Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Missoula, Montana and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best Show more
#5 - Saddle Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Saddle Trail is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best Show more
#6 - Marshall Canyon Loop Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
Marshall Canyon Loop Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Missoula, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actShow more
#7 - Spring Gulch Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Spring Gulch Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#8 - Lincoln Hills Loop
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
Lincoln Hills Loop is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Missoula, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#9 - Woods Gulch Trail
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Woods Gulch Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#10 - Rattlesnake and Wrangle Creek Trails
Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
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Length: 34.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Rattlesnake and Wrangle Creek Trails is a 34.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Show more
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