Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, Missoula

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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is a United States national recreation area located 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Missoula, Montana in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage area. It is administered by the Lolo National Forest and is adjacent to the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Both the recreation area and the wilderness area were established by the U.S. Congress on October 19, 1980.

There are more than 73 miles of hiking trails in the recreation area many of which are also open to horseback riders, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers.

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  • This has a little bit (or a lot) for everyone. There are miles and miles of trails. Some are shared with cyclists. With only time for a late afternoon hike, I did one that mostly went through...  more »
  • The Bitterroot Mountains are beautiful. This hike is close to Hamilton. There is a dirt road that is pretty steep and curvy to a good parking area. Be careful of a wasps nest close to the start of....  more »
  • Watch out for packs of bears roaming these hills they are in search of herds of illusive cougars be sure to spray on ur bear repellent and keep in mind the deer change into elk at 7500 ft

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