Vista Point Loop

Missoula, Montana 59803

Vista Point Loop

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"The Vista Point Loop is a relatively wild experience in a Recreation Area that caters to several uses in addition to hiking. The heavily used trail offers a moderate incline and a rewarding view.

The journey begins by traversing the big meadow from the trailhead. The trail eventually works into a hillside covered in ponderosa pines and after a few switchbacks summits an unassuming knoll with incredible views of the Missoula Valley and surrounding mountains. The region is a restoration success story after decades of mismanagement."

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"Blue Mountain Recreation Area is a popular 5,500-acre outdoor destination only two miles from Missoula. An army military reservation was once located here. In 1 986 the land was designated as a recreation area, and a network of multi-use trails was established. The picturesque landscape, part of the Lolo National Forest, includes a grassy valley bottom adjacent to several mountain peaks. Vista Point is a 4,030-foot rounded hilltop that offers unobstructed panoramas in every direction. The dog-friendly trail to the point crosses meadows and loops through a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814; www.fs.usda.gov/lolo/
Local Contacts
USGS Southwest Missoula; USDAFS Lolo National Forest Map, available at the district office; City of Missoula Parks, Open Space & Trails
Local Maps