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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Convenient, Popular, and Scenic

We arrived at the Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot at 11AM on a beautiful Spring Sunday Morning... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mike O
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Roanoke, Virginia
Nature next-door

Lovely hike today with our son. An old logging road turned into a walker, hiker, mountain biker... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Douglas M
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Portland, Oregon
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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)
“close to town” (7 reviews)
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Missoula, MT
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived at the Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot at 11AM on a beautiful Spring Sunday Morning; the lot was filled, so we joined the others who were parking on the road shoulder. This trailhead can be reached from Interstate 90 in Missoula by taking the...More

Thank Mike O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely hike today with our son. An old logging road turned into a walker, hiker, mountain biker paradise. Enchanted sound of the creek along much of the trail with side-trails allowed for hiking which exclude mountain bikes. Best of all worlds. We'll definitely be back.

1  Thank Douglas M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Missoula, Montana for the very first time to tour the University of Montana campus for my daughter. Father and daughter trip. We were there for 3 days and my daughter selected this Trail to go on a hike. Nearly walking distance from the...More

Thank Brian C
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

It's a great and very safe place to hike around with your family and friends, also is a good place for do some mountain biking.

Thank Maximiliano V
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Only minutes out of Missoula, the recreational opportunities here are endless. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, etc. The landscape is stunning and the recreation area is HUGE.

Thank sjohnston12
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Some friends and I enjoyed a 2 hour hike in this wonderful natural recreation area. The trails are well marked and maintained. There are many opportunities to hike down to the creek and enjoy the water - some areas are more sandy than others. The...More

1  Thank Alverda3
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

What a convenient gem for local access to the outdoors. Great hiking, wildlife (if you go early), well-maintined trails; close to town.

Thank Christopher I
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

First time here and definitely want to come back to explore more! There are handy trail maps and trail signs. Some nice views to be had as well. If you're a mtn biker or trail runner, this is worth checking out!

Thank vtultrachick
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I loved how close this recreation area was to the city. It was easy to find and all trails were well marked. I hiked for about 2 hours at this rec area and enjoyed every minute!

Thank han102016
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Miles and miles of trails that meet even the hard core runners and bikers expectations. In just a few minutes you are away from all the cars you may experience at the trail head, keep an eye out for bears especially in the late spring...More

2  Thank jdsticker
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Pamela B
2 April 2017|
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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!
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Francine N
1 April 2015|
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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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