Kelly Island

Missoula, Montana 59801

Kelly Island

Kelly Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Kelly Island is formed at the confluence of the Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers on the west end of Missoula. The 650-acre undeveloped island actually encompasses one large island and eight smaller islands that are divided by springs, backwater sloughs, and channels of the Clark Fork River.

The protected river corridor is a mix of cottonwood bottoms, lush meadows, and old-growth ponderosa pines. The wetland oasis has large populations of waterfowl and wildlife. Great blue herons, Canada geese, great horned owls, and red-tailed hawks commonly nest on the island. Lewis’ woodpeckers, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and beaver may also be spotted."

Kelly Island Trip Reports

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I believe I did a slight variation on this trail...I began where 3.01 crosses Forest Service Road 365, and ran up to the Blue Mountain Nature Trail loop. From there I ran the section of Blue Mountain Rec Trail that comes out at a parking lot on FS365. The trail switchbacks through an old burn where the grass is starting to green up. Very open, follows a ridge for awhile. Great views of the Missoula valley! The switchbacks make it easier to run, but there is no downhill rest. Trail is marked "3.01" the whole ways. I ran back on the FS365 road. 7.54 mi round-trip. From the topo I estimated total elevation gain to be around 1,200' total (~800' on the section this review is supposed to cover ;-) Highly recommended!

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1 hours
U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
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