Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Missoula with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

3 days ago

Nice scenery but it needs more shade


Went 2 weeks ago before haze from wildfire smoke moved in and the views were fantastic. The getting there part and the hike itself left a little to be desired. The road is very rough on the way up so be aware of that. The hike through the forest was pleasant if you like wooded hikes and was pretty easy. There were a TON of mosquitoes though. The scramble to the peak is definitely a scramble and will take a decent amount of time to complete. You’re scrambling over large boulders, that as per usual scrambling, aren’t always well-seated or stable. It’s certainly doable though. However, be ware of the tufted bits of grass here and there amongst the boulders. I stepped on one that wasn’t totally rooted in, lost my balance and fell thigh-first into the knife edge of one of the boulders, ripped my pants, gashed and severely bruised my thigh and tore up the palm of my hand. Despite all the blood and gore, I refused to NOT go to the top, and it really was a beautiful view from up there. Just be very careful on the rocks and grass tufts. The little pikas that came out on our way down were especially wonderful. And the mountain bluebirds and Clark’s nutcrackers were gorgeous. Nice hike overall, just knocked it down a couple stars due to the road in and the long scramble at the top. (Also, total clocked distance for me was 7.6 miles.)

mountain biking
26 days 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
26 days ago

Black bears on trail


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.

great trail. a lot of everything to see and do

I would rate this as a moderate to easy walk. The day I went there was lots of foot traffic and I was the only person who didn’t have a dog with them

live right below it, it's a 10-20 minute drive to the trail head from my house love the views but be warned if you go to the small lake below make sure you have plenty of water it takes a good hour to two hours just to get down plus an additional 3 to get up due to the steepness of the back side was driving in arlee and you could just see how steep the other side was compared to the ninemile side definitely a must do if you like to hike.

7 months ago

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!

Love this hike. Beautiful area. I wish people were better about cleaning up after their dogs.

Easy, great for mountain biking.

Trail i frequent the most, easy and beautiful if you make to to the summit!

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

Nice hike, don't forget to lift your sight from the rocks and roots. The beargrass fields are a nice place to look in all directions. The boulder hoping at the top is doable. The 360 degree at the top is unique.

Incredible views from the top. The trail is relatively easy and flat 75% of the trip. Toughest part is the last climb to the top over talus rock. Well worth every step.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Id rate this a leaning towards the duffuclt side. There are a couple of places for water along the way, on the main trail. Huckleberries seem to be plentiful. The view in the top is incredible, go when there are no fires to create haze. Don't make the trek without a clear day. Cell service on top of the peak. Last few hundred yards is talus rock.

Very special place for the puppies to play, greet families of all kinds - highly recommend the extra mile to the summit: Worth it for the view!!

Great hike to the summit - even over the slushy trail! Fun folks to chat with & friendly canines abound.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This was a nice winter morning hike.

Fairly easy out and back on a well worn trail until the scramble to the peak. People get lost coming off the peak in fog or snow so have a compass or know where your are when conditions are poor. Great views of the bitter roots, missions, Rattlesnake, missoula and mission valleys, and glacier and the cabinets to the north and northwest.

Nothing too awe inspiring but a great place to let the pup run around and enough crisscrossing trails to keep you entertained, spent about 2 hours there and had a great time.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hiked on an overcast mid-October Sunday with the 9yr old kiddo and the pooch. It was beautiful.

Monday, July 11, 2016

My puppy loved it!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

2 mountain lions seen just off trail today, July 6, 2016.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very easy hike

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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

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