Kenai Nature Trail

Stevensville, Montana

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The Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge is the last tract of undeveloped land in the Bitterroot Valley’s bottomland. The area serves as a slice of habitat for migrating birds and provides a beautiful backdrop for hikers. Thick marshes of cattail stretch to the river’s banks, choked with thick stands of cottonwood. To the west, the Bitterroot Mountains erupt out of the valley floor, towering more than 6,000 feet above the refuge. The trail extends from the refuge’s headquarters building out to a wildlife viewing shelter equipped with a spotting scope.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

The Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge is the last tract of undeveloped land in the Bitterroot Valley’s bottomland. The area serves as a slice of habitat for migrating birds and provides a beautiful backdrop for hikers.

Thick marshes of cattail stretch to the river’s banks, choked with thick stands of cottonwood. To the west, the Bitterroot Mountains erupt out of the valley floor, towering more than 6,000 feet above the refuge. The trail extends from the refuge’s headquarters building out to a wildlife viewing shelter equipped with a spotting scope.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stevensville
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, 4567 Wildfowl Lane, Stevensville, MT 59870; (406) 777-5552; www.fws.gov/leemetcalf/index.html
Local Maps: USGS Stevensville; USDAFS Bitterroot National Forest, available at the Stevensville Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to Kenai Nature Trail

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