Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon

Missoula, Montana 59807

Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon

Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the route. The name, it seems, dates back to the early days of Missoula when someone found a rattler, yet the source of the anecdote eludes local historians.

Three miles north into the Recreation Area is the boundary of the 33,000-acre Rattlesnake Wilderness. Camping is prohibited within 3 miles of the trailhead. Spring Gulch Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip in the very popular Rattlesnake Recreation Area."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
20
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day use
Duration
3,860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,960 feet
Top Elevation
Missoula Ranger District, Avalanche info, (406)-549-4488
Local Contacts