Grand Menard Discovery Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Ninemile Valley is a wide, alpine valley in the Lolo National Forest 21 miles northwest of Missoula. The historic Ninemile Ranger Station and Remount Depot is located four miles from the valley’s confluence with the Clark Fork River. The Grand Menard Discovery Trail, less than a mile north of the ranger station, is a self-guided interpretive trail.
A brochure at the ranger station and trailhead describes the history of the Ninemile Valley, logging in the area, irrigation, the life cycle of trees, pine nuts, knapweed, wildlife, and the effects of fire. The rambling nature trail has two loops that wind through a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest. The inner loop is a 0.6-mile graveled, wheelchair-accessible trail. From the trail are views of Stark Mountain and the fire lookout."