Jumbo Backbone

Missoula, Montana 59812

Elevation Gain1,653ft
Trailhead Elevation4,014ft
Elevation Min/Max3946/4755ft
Elevation Start/End4014/3975ft

Jumbo Backbone

Jumbo Backbone is a hiking trail in Missoula, Montana. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 4,014 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,653 feet. Mount Jumbo (elevation 4,764 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the L attraction. This trail connects with the following: Tivoli.

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Mount Jumbo Traverse crosses the exposed southern face of Mount Jumbo. The hike offers bird’s-eye views of Hellgate Canyon, the Clark Fork River, and the forested north face of University Mountain. The trail winds through native grasses, connecting Rattlesnake Valley with East Missoula. A portion of the trail follows a U.S. West easement road high above Interstate 90."

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This is a lovely easy trail that's used very frequently. Please be aware that you may come close to some homeless camps. It's never a big deal - it just takes some people by surprise sometimes. There are also some geocaches and letterboxes along the way!

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U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
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