North Loop

Missoula, Montana 59802

North Loop

North Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The North Loop starts on the west side of Jumbo and runs over an upper saddle on the ridgeline. The grassy slopes of Mount Jumbo are interrupted by draws and patches of forest. Unique views of the North Hills and the Rattlesnake Valley mark the hike. The trail is a road that the city occasionally uses for maintenance of the area. It makes for good side by side walking with a gentle gradient. A variety of wildlife calls the forested portions of this hike home.

Be on the look out for elk and deer, as well as the more rare black bear (which uses Danny O’Brien Gulch as a travel corridor) and mountain lion. It intersects the Ridge Trail leading up to Woods Gulch and then drops slightly into Marshall Canyon before circling down into the main Jumbo saddle. The saddle is a historic travel route for Native Americans and Montana settlers alike as a way to avoid Hellgate Canyon. Follow the Saddle Trail to complete the loop and finish out the hike. This trail is closed from December 1 to May 1 to protect elk winter range. A large deer herd takes refuge here too."

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"Mount Jumbo sits to the north of Mount Sentinel between Rattlesnake Valley and Marshall Canyon. The North Loop Trail winds through the northern region of Mount Jumbo Recreation Area and connects with Woods Gulch in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. The steep hillsides are a wintering range for herds of elk and mule deer. It is closed to hikers throughout the winter until May 1 . This trail (an old road) has a gentle grade and offers great views of Rattlesnake Canyon, Marshall Canyon, and across the Missoula Valley to the Bitterroot Range."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Missoula Parks and Recreation, 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT 59801; (406) 721-7275; Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 3293750;
Local Contacts
USGS Northeast Missoula; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at Fort Missoula; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails.
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