Meadow Loop Trail

Lolo, Montana

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Instead of hiking the traditional Meadow Loop the entire time, try the singletrack Trail 302.8 for a portion of the hike, leading out of the parking area near the Unit A picnic shelter. Cut across the meadow and then trot through the thick wildflower blooms and fat ponderosa pine stands. Huckleberries ripen here during late July, and black bears frequent the region then, although they can be found poking around the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area any time of year. Hikers will most likely encounter deer and flammulated owls, which nest near the picnic area. Frisbee disc enthusiasts share the area, as do cross-country skiers in winter.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

Instead of hiking the traditional Meadow Loop the entire time, try the singletrack Trail 302.8 for a portion of the hike, leading out of the parking area near the Unit A picnic shelter. Cut across the meadow and then trot through the thick wildflower blooms and fat ponderosa pine stands.

Huckleberries ripen here during late July, and black bears frequent the region then, although they can be found poking around the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area any time of year. Hikers will most likely encounter deer and flammulated owls, which nest near the picnic area. Frisbee disc enthusiasts share the area, as do cross-country skiers in winter.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lolo
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3750; www.fs.usda.gov/lolo/
Local Maps: USGS Southeast Missoula; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at the district office; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails; Lolo National Forest brochure.
Driving Directions: Directions to Meadow Loop Trail

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