Rattlesnake Trail

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, Montana

Distance16.9mi
Elevation Gain3,397ft
Trailhead Elevation3,601ft
Top6,081ft
Elevation Min/Max3596/6081ft
Elevation Start/End3601/3601ft

Rattlesnake Trail

Rattlesnake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Missoula County, Montana. It is within Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. It is 16.9 miles long and begins at 3,601 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,397 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Spring Gulch Trail and Rattlesnake Trail.

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"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.

Closest to Missoula is the Rattlesnake Recreation Area, 5 miles north of downtown Missoula. 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. Surface quality: Skier-tracked but often walked on by hikers and joggers, especially within the first 3 kilometers from the trailhead."

"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."

"Another popular recreation site, the Rattlesnake Valley Recreation Area and Wilderness, extends north from Missoula. The short trails along Rattlesnake Creek provide good biking and walking. No need to worry—the name does not reflect the presence of rattlesnakes!

Backpacking is permitted in the high-country wilderness area. Although mountain bikes are not permitted in the wilderness area they are allowed in the recreation areas. Rattlesnake Creek is part of Missoula’s water supply, so visitors are asked to be careful about stream pollution."

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Trail Information

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Rattlesnake Wilderness Area
Parks
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Missoula Ranger District, Avalanche info, (406)-549-4488
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Oct 2018