Rattlesnake Trail

EASY 49 reviews

Rattlesnake Trail is a 34 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
34.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3034 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

rocky

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 roughly parallels Rattlesnake Creek. From the main trail, there are many side trails available. The main trail winds through open ground, dry forested areas, and progresses into western larch and Engelmann spruce farther up the drainage. Beaver dams can often be seen in Rattlesnake Creek about 5 miles up from trailhead. This trail connects to many other trails such as the "Wallman Trail" (see map) and could be made into loops. (from Forest Service website)

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

mountain biking
28 days 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!

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

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.

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walking
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walking
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hiking
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9 months ago

backpacking
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11 months ago

Sunday, July 24, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

My puppy loved it!

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very easy hike

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016