Valley of the Moon Nature Trail

Lolo National Forest, Montana

Elevation Gain7ft
Trailhead Elevation3,586ft
Elevation Min/Max3584/3588ft
Elevation Start/End3586/3586ft

Valley of the Moon Nature Trail

Valley of the Moon Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Granite County and Missoula County, Montana. It is within Lolo National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 3,586 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 7 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parkings.

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"The richness of this hike, coupled with its leisure feel, make it a bang-for-your-buck stroll. This short trail wanders on the famed banks of Rock Creek. The bulk of the hike is on a small island in the creek. At the height of summer, the thick groves of cottonwood produce welcome shade. Wildlife takes shelter in here during the heat of the day. Primitive trails spur off in all directions. The signed, well-defined main path goes out and back. Investigate the spur trails with a sense of adventure. Consider carrying bear spray, even though you are right next to the road. Recurrent floods have affected the trail in the past and may do so again in the future." Read more
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana (Day Hike Books)
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"Rock Creek, a tributary of the Clark Fork River, flows out of the Welcome Creek Wilderness in the Sapphire Mountain Range. The creek flows 52 miles northwest through beautiful Rock Creek Valley amid rocky bluffs, green pastures, and mountain ranges rising up along both sides of the valley. Rock Creek offers blue ribbon trout fishing with healthy populations of browns, cutthroat, rainbow, and bull trout. The scenic valley also offers horseback riding, wildlife viewing, bird watching, and hiking. Valley of the Moon Nature Trail (formerly called Rock Creek Nature Trail) is a short interpretive trail with ten information stations. The panels describe the lush creekside habitat and wildlife. The hike weaves through the lush riparian area among cottonwoods, alders, willows, and hawthorns." Read more

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Trail Information

Lolo National Forest
Nearby City
Lolo National Forest
Missoula Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814;
Local Contacts
USGS Iris Point; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at the district office
Local Maps

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Dec 2018