Sam Braxton National Recreation Trail

Lolo, Montana

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This trail is popular with mountain bikers, and skiers glide on a groomed trail system adjacent to the Sam Braxton trail in winter. For hiking it’s a good option on a hot day. The wooded area provides good shade. The route takes hikers on a loop through big pines and larches. Flowers and shrubs provide ground cover; bear grass flowers are especially prevalent every seven years during the big bloom. Elk, deer, bears, coyotes, mountain lions, birds of prey, and songbirds all make their home in this forest, which is recovering from the effects of selective logging.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

This trail is popular with mountain bikers, and skiers glide on a groomed trail system adjacent to the Sam Braxton trail in winter. For hiking it’s a good option on a hot day. The wooded area provides good shade. The route takes hikers on a loop through big pines and larches.

Flowers and shrubs provide ground cover; bear grass flowers are especially prevalent every seven years during the big bloom. Elk, deer, bears, coyotes, mountain lions, birds of prey, and songbirds all make their home in this forest, which is recovering from the effects of selective logging.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lolo
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814; 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 Sam Braxton National Recreation Trail

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