Main Corridor of Rattlesnake, Franklin Bridge and Beyond

Missoula, Montana 59807

Main Corridor of Rattlesnake, Franklin Bridge and Beyond

Main Corridor of Rattlesnake, Franklin Bridge and Beyond Professional Review and Guide

"Once the most popular trail in Missoula, the arduous climb from the Rattlesnake Main trailhead to the wilderness boundary still draws quite a few visitors. But because of bike technology and a proliferation of trails throughout the area, some use has been mitigated.

Still, this ride, while supremely bumpy, captures much of what’s great about Missoula riding; it carries riders along a meandering old ranch road from low mountain meadows to the pine forests protected forever from human development (and invading cyclists) by dint of its wilderness designation. Rattlesnake Creek still has a lively fishery, which can be fished above Beeskove Creek. Franklin Bridge is entirely accessible for novice riders. Tread: Gravel road, jeep track, and occasional doubletrack."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
30
Distance
1,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
6.5 hours
Duration
Best summer and fall
Season
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,100 feet
Top Elevation
Lolo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS NE Missoula; Lolo National Forest
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018