Main Rattlesnake Trail FR 99

#1 of 4 trails in Rattlesnake National Recreation Site
Main Rattlesnake Trail FR 99 is a 7.5 mile out and back trail located near Missoula, MT that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles 643 feet Out & Back
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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)

Jessica Vos

6 Completed6 Reviews

Easy and regular weekend hike with my dog. Very friendly hikers, cyclists and joggers. Wonderful, relaxing spot that is just on the edge of town. Lots of black bears, so keep an eye out. I have seen several hiking in Rattlesnake Wilderness Area, the most curious of them have been three cubs who seemed to try to "play" with my dog. I have heard there are a lot of mountain lions in this area, but I haven't seen one yet. Good day hike if you don't have time for a drive outside of town.

Taja Wilde

1 Completed1 Reviews

Steven Schauer

1 Completed1 Reviews

First time, hiked 3 in - 3 out. Stayed on main trail.

LC Brake

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great for small kiddos, strollers, dogs.

Katie Gordon

3 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike for hyper active pups, especially if you follow the water. First part of the trail requires dogs to be on a leash but afterwards it's not required.

Josh Green

6 Completed6 Reviews

The possibilities beginning at the trailhead seem endless when you're looking for a day hike just outside of town. There is a lot of traffic, especially on the weekends, but that thins out the further you go. Take your dog, bike, picnic basket, etc. This is a great spot for everyone to experience.

Cathy Walker

21 Completed8 Reviews

I've not completed the whole trail but this is a nice trail to take an afternoon stroll. Listening to the creek rushing by and lovely spring afternoons make this an easy trail for a beginner to really enjoy the hiking experience. This is a busy trail with all kinds of traffic.

Gary Duncan

1 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Jim Salyers

59 Completed9 Reviews

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.

Debi Ginnings

15 Completed13 Reviews