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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Great hiking!

Very lovely place in the fall. Views of the Tamaracks on the mountains. Beautiful Rattlesnake Creek... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
Appleton, Wisconsin
Lots of Hiking Pleasure

If you drive just a few miles out of Missoula you will reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Barbara P
Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
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“great hiking” (7 reviews)
“main trail” (7 reviews)
“close to town” (7 reviews)
Missoula, MT
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Very lovely place in the fall. Views of the Tamaracks on the mountains. Beautiful Rattlesnake Creek coursing through the area is so picturesque.

Thank MajeeSwanson
Reviewed 15 September 2016

If you drive just a few miles out of Missoula you will reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. I hiked sawmill gulch one day and enjoyed it very much. The next day I hiked up woods gulch. Parking was a bit tricky on day 2...More

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

While visiting family in Missoula we went for a hike near there home. Good graveled path for there young children. Will be going back on our next visit. Very scenic with a beautiful stream.

Reviewed 18 August 2016

Very quiet place to walk and think, and likely view wildlife in the process. Only a few miles off I-90, but like a world away.

Thank Ernie K
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We needed a place to stretch our legs after a long drive in the car. This place was perfect. The trails are quite scenic and there are restrooms at the trailhead. The main trail follows along a stream. We liked this place so much, we...More

1  Thank RLG-AZ
Reviewed 9 July 2016

I spent an excellent afternoon biking on these trails. They were fun, well marked and the scenery was beautiful. Not far from town and there was a bit of overcrowding at the parking lot at the trail head.

1  Thank seatown7
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

It is a huge land mass natural habitat area to explore, admire the beauty and lends itself to participation year round. No food is available there however. Free and lovely. Come prepared and lock cars in trail head area

3  Thank elaine s
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Even if you only have a short amount of time to get out for a hike, this is a great place to go. Lots to keep your eyes wandering and breathing the fresh air. Great spot to take kids to explore near Rattlesnake creek. Fun...More

2  Thank TheMDHarrisFamily
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Good trail[s] within easy reach of the greater Missoula area. Within minutes of walking you find yourself in the woods. Peace, quiet and the babble of Rattlesnake Creek. If you have enough time and energy you can continue on into a marvelous wilderness area that...More

3  Thank davidsI5116TF
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Just a few minutes by car from downtown Missoula is anetwork of trails through beautiful forrest land. During late summer, a mother and cubs had been spotted numerous times near the trail browsing on berries and apples or so the warning posters read. The main...More

2  Thank Carol L
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Pamela B
2 April 2017|
Response from elaine s | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There different trails to choose from and shorter routes. It is all so beautiful you'll enjoy even a short trek. And, the trailhead is a good spot to rest up before and after. Hope you have fun!
Francine N
1 April 2015|
Response from Dana H | Reviewed this property |
Just a few miles north of Missoula. Go up Rattlesnake Drive four miles to the trailhead.

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