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“Beautiful and serene”

Ranked #11 of 66 things to do in Missoula
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Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
Portland, OR
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70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Beautiful and serene”
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!!

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great hiking and photos”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Missoula, Montana
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Anywhere else, this is a Wilderness.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Rattlesnake Wilderness (our local name is The Snake) is really a misnomer. None or few rattlesnakes (I have never seen one there & I live at it's edge). Breathtaking. Closest Wilderness area to a major city anywhere in the world. Elk, Big Horn sheep, Whitetail &/or Mule Deer on almost every trip. Higher up, even see Goats. Great trails. Busy, at times, but we usually never see anyone on the trail during the week. Can easily overnight, but because of it's closeness & easy access, it is very easy to day hike. Actually, every canyon around Missoula looks similar to the Rattlesnake. That is one of the reasons why it is so lightly used. This is a great hiking area for families with children. Our grandchildren are with us on almost every trip. The oldest is almost 4, but they ARE Montana tough. Grizzlies are very rare except at the extreme north end and are so close to humans here that they are more afraid of us than we of them. I live 1/2 mile outside the Snake on a mountain side, so I feel that these observations are accurate and representative of what you will find.

Visited November 2013
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Missoula, MT
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unspoiled nature”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Only 4 miles out of Missoula you'd think you were in a national park. Well-maintained trails take you up mountains or on level ground along
Rattlesnake Creek (named for its curvy nature). This area provides recreational opportunities for all abilities. If you're into backpacking, follow the main trail and it'll take you into The Rattlesnake Wilderness with abundant wildlife and mountain lakes. Or sit by the creek and be soothed by its song. Even if you have only an hour or so to spare this is a wonderful place to explore.

Visited June 2013
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Missoula, Montana
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317 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Year Round fun”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The rattlesnake recreation area is just outside Missoula. It provides year round recreation opportunities. Hiking, biking, jogging, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Some of the area is off limits to dogs due to the wildlife. We have seen a black bear eating berries, deer and other animals in the area. You can hike or bike back to the Wilderness area, but not ride your bikes in the Wilderness area. There are several bathrooms available on the trails and all the trails are marked with maps available. In the summer, be sure to get there early for parking.

Visited October 2013
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