Maclay Flat Nature Trail

Missoula, Montana

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
The Bitterroot River winds along the base of picturesque McCauley Butte on the edge of the Blue Mountain Recreation Area. The Maclay Flat Nature Trail leads out to the river and traces its bank. Big cottonwoods lay down shade at swimming holes. Scattered benches offer a respite where you can enjoy the murmur of the river away from the hum of the road. Large meadows offer a view of the surrounding hills. Birders can see golden eagles, hawks, and falcons in the open grasslands. A marshy area shelters a variety of songbirds. Bald eagles, ospreys, and kingfishers patrol the river bottom.
Best Hikes Near Missoula

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Best Hikes Near Missoula

by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

The Bitterroot River winds along the base of picturesque McCauley Butte on the edge of the Blue Mountain Recreation Area. The Maclay Flat Nature Trail leads out to the river and traces its bank.

Big cottonwoods lay down shade at swimming holes. Scattered benches offer a respite where you can enjoy the murmur of the river away from the hum of the road. Large meadows offer a view of the surrounding hills. Birders can see golden eagles, hawks, and falcons in the open grasslands. A marshy area shelters a variety of songbirds. Bald eagles, ospreys, and kingfishers patrol the river bottom.

© 2014 Josh Mahan/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 1.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
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 Southwest Missoula; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at Fort Missoula; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Maclay Flat Nature Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Activity Feed

Apr 2018