Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon

Missoula, Montana

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Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the route. The name, it seems, dates back to the early days of Missoula when someone found a rattler, yet the source of the anecdote eludes local historians. Three miles north into the Recreation Area is the boundary of the 33,000-acre Rattlesnake Wilderness. Camping is prohibited within 3 miles of the trailhead. Spring Gulch Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip in the very popular Rattlesnake Recreation Area.
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by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the route. The name, it seems, dates back to the early days of Missoula when someone found a rattler, yet the source of the anecdote eludes local historians.

Three miles north into the Recreation Area is the boundary of the 33,000-acre Rattlesnake Wilderness. Camping is prohibited within 3 miles of the trailhead. Spring Gulch Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip in the very popular Rattlesnake Recreation Area.

©  Jean Arthur/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 20
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 3,860 feet
Top Elevation: 7,960 feet
Local Contacts: Missoula Ranger District, Avalanche info, (406)-549-4488
Driving Directions: Directions to Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon

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