Main Rattlesnake Trail FR 99

Missoula, MT
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Main Rattlesnake Trail FR 99 is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Missoula, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Close to Missoula, this trail is popular for day hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking. The trail was an old logging road so it is wide, has a relatively gentle grade for the first 9 miles, and roughly parallels Rattlesnake Creek.

From the main trail, there are many side trails available. The main trail winds through open ground, dry forested areas, and progresses into western larch and Engelmann spruce farther up the drainage.

Beaver dams can often be seen in Rattlesnake Creek about 5 miles up from trailhead. This trail connects to many other trails such as the "Wallman Trail" (see map) and could be made into loops. (from Forest Service website)

From Missoula, at the junction of Van Buren Street and Interstate 90, take Van Buren north (Rattlesnake Dr.) about four miles north to the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area trailhead. Turn left off Sawmill Gulch Road to get to the ample parking area. Information board with maps and restrooms are available.

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It's a good ride with lots of senic views. Just north of Beeskove creek is a large meadow. If you walk out toward the center & look to the north you can see observation tower of Mineral Peak. This area appears to have been cleared of stones in the past for a homestead and farm/garden. Noted piles & rows of stones. & shallow trenches.

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Main part of FR 99 is easily accessed and is 8 miles long (to Franklin Bridge). FR 99 continues on past Franklin Bridge and has several exceptional scenic view points. The trail is good for hiking, running, and biking. For biking the trail is rocky in parts. Water is easily accessible up to Franklin Bridge.

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Awesome seclusion peeling off of main trail. Wildflowers, scenic views, and bear with cubs. Main trail easy hiking, feeders can be a steep climb.

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the bigger mountains are alot of fun just moved here from nc

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Nice easy trail, leads up to several different trails,

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