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.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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)
My puppy loved it!
Very easy hike
Excellent easy-level hike; mild elevation change; gorgeous wooded scenery; good for hiking, trail running, mountain biking
My favorite trail since it can be short or long and my dog loves it. my favorite view is up this trail!
Nice easy hike, great scenery!
Easy and regular weekend hike with my dog. Very friendly hikers, cyclists and joggers. Wonderful, relaxing spot that is just on the edge of town. Lots of black bears, so keep an eye out. I have seen several hiking in Rattlesnake Wilderness Area, the most curious of them have been three cubs who seemed to try to "play" with my dog. I have heard there are a lot of mountain lions in this area, but I haven't seen one yet. Good day hike if you don't have time for a drive outside of town.
First time, hiked 3 in - 3 out. Stayed on main trail.