Rattlesnake Trail

EASY 44 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)

6 days 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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11 months ago

My puppy loved it!

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy hike

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11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent easy-level hike; mild elevation change; gorgeous wooded scenery; good for hiking, trail running, mountain biking

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, June 18, 2016

My favorite trail since it can be short or long and my dog loves it. my favorite view is up this trail!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016