Northside Trails Meadow Loop Trail Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

Missoula, Montana

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Pattee Canyon sits on the south side of University Mountain in Missoula’s backyard, a few miles southeast of the city. The area is named for David Pattee, an early Bitterroot Valley settler who homesteaded near the mouth of the canyon in the early 1 870s. The Nez Perce and Salish traveled through this area en route to the plains for buffalo hunting. They used this route to avoid Blackfeet warrior attacks in Hellgate Canyon. The Northside Trails are a network of unsigned hiking, biking, equestrian, and cross-country ski trails north of the Pattee Canyon Picnic Area. The trails weave through open meadows and traverse the forested hills with old-growth ponderosa pine and western larch at an elevation on 4,100 feet. The Meadow Loop Trail is a pleasant loop around the meadow, where earthen-mound firing lines are still visible.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Pattee Canyon sits on the south side of University Mountain in Missoula’s backyard, a few miles southeast of the city. The area is named for David Pattee, an early Bitterroot Valley settler who homesteaded near the mouth of the canyon in the early 1 870s. The Nez Perce and Salish traveled through this area en route to the plains for buffalo hunting. They used this route to avoid Blackfeet warrior attacks in Hellgate Canyon.

The Northside Trails are a network of unsigned hiking, biking, equestrian, and cross-country ski trails north of the Pattee Canyon Picnic Area. The trails weave through open meadows and traverse the forested hills with old-growth ponderosa pine and western larch at an elevation on 4,100 feet. The Meadow Loop Trail is a pleasant loop around the meadow, where earthen-mound firing lines are still visible.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
Driving Directions: Directions to Northside Trails: Meadow Loop Trail Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

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