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."