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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Trails
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the... more » Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

There are several trails into the Sawmill Gulch area that are great for biking and hiking! I must've done every one of them as well as hike Stuart Peak. If you're in the Missoula area and looking for a day long hike into some of Montana's most beautiful nature trails, this is one of them! At the top of the... More

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Missoula, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Rattlesnake recreation area was the very first area of its type I visited when I came to Missoula to see if this is a place I wanted to live. I was amazed at how very close this wilderness area lie in relationship to town. It takes no more than ten minutes to get to and you will find yourself... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery and a variety of easy trails just north of the city. And free. What else could you want?

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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We at flatlanders, so we really enjoyed an easy run on a mostly flat trail. Pretty, wide open, and very accessible.

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Missoula, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a beautiful hike into the Rattlesnake wilderness. It has a gradual grade that is easy to hike for just about anyone. There are a lot of bikes on the trail which I don't like, but I think they love it, and sometimes there are horses on the trail, again, I don't like that, but they seem to be... More

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Moscow, Idaho
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Decided to go exploring the area parks and wilderness one evening after working with some clients in Missoula. They pointed me to Rattlesnake when I asked for some advice. Great suggestion, the trails were shaded in places and cool despite it being over 80 degrees when I got there. Trails are popular with bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers and horse... More

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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The title says it all. Lovely scenery. Good trails. Lots of birds (if you're a birdwatcher). Suitable for both the average and the experienced hiker.

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Pacific Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our first jaunt was a short mountain bike ride out and back on Rattlesnake Creek trail. It was a bit of a highway, but very pretty. In early June the creek was really moving. The next day we road up Sawmill Gulch and stayed on 24.5 to 21.4 and then came down Spring Creek. That was one of the best... More

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Portland, OR
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Great place to hike, even in the snow! Parking was easy. Trails were packed, so hiking was great. What a beautiful area!!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My sister took us here for a "short" hike by Missoula standards that turned out to be a very easy but really long walk because you do not want to stop. Every turn is a nicer view of the river, another group of trees, and some of the most amazing wildflowers.

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