Sam Braxton National Recreation Trail

Lolo, Montana 59847

Sam Braxton National Recreation Trail

Sam Braxton National Recreation Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The Sam Braxton Trail is located in the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area four miles southeast of Missoula. An old homestead was once located here, but the area has since been named after Braxton, a well-known local skier, biker, and outdoorsman. This national recreation trail is a winding, curving trail looping through a forest of old growth western larch, ponderosa pine, and aspen trees. The trail completely encircles the Southside Ski Trails, one of Missoula’s more popular cross- country ski areas. Old logging skid trails crisscross through the area."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814;
Local Contacts
USGS Southeast Missoula; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at the district office; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails; Lolo National Forest brochure.
Local Maps