4.33 out of 5
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↑ 22,500 ft
↓ 21,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Rattlesnake trailhead serves as the starting point for the best mountain bike riding in Missoula. There is an extensive network of trails which allows for a multitude of loops which can cater to bikers of all skill levels. The largest drainage is the main corridor of the Rattlesnake. There is a wide doubletrack dirt road that follows the creek. Three gulches feed into the main Rattlesnake each of which has its own system of trails. From South to North, these are Sawmill Gulch, Curry Gulch and Spring Gulch. These gulches are all connected to each other.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (41 total check-ins)
  William V. Ganis   on Aug 25, 2019
  iamhans   on Aug 18, 2019
  Hannon Ayer   on Jul 1, 2019
  BEEALE   on Jun 9, 2019
  ShreddyMcShredderson   on May 23, 2019
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Reviews (6)

Granny Gear

July 5, 2016
Review: My favorite trail system in the Missoula Area. Many great rides to be had, and many can be done in the evening during summer.

Similar Trail: Pattee Canyon

Granny Gear

February 10, 2015
KSMT Granny Gear  
Review: The Rattlesnake has several trails of varying difficulty. I would rate the overall system as intermediate on a technical level but moderately to very strenuous. As was stated in other reviews, many of the trails are steep. Take your time and all but a few are actually black diamond. Choosing the best route up will guarantee a fun ride down.


December 22, 2014
Review: We enjoyed the views and want to go back and spend a longer day in Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. The guys at the Wheaton's Bicycles steered us over to here. There is some definite climbing and the downhill makes the uphill worth it.

April 14, 2014
Review: For one, the picture above was definitely not taken in Montana. Two, this is a great trail system, though it lacks technical terrain. It's mostly comprised of fairly smooth, steep single track. If you've got the lungs and legs for it, you won't be disappointed. Also, with the exceptions of the Grant Creek trail all the trails loop and eventually bring you back to your starting point at the main trail head-- you really can't get lost. So get out there and explore!

Granny Gear

January 11, 2013
Barheet Granny Gear  
Review: I rode the Rattlesnake for two years when I lived in Missoula. They are still the best trails I've ever ridden, 20 years later. The fact that there are only 2 reviews tells me the locals don't want the secret out. This trail system is one of the best kept secrets in the Rockies.


Granny Gear

February 27, 2014
Guest Granny Gear  
Review: do you really think that this trail is expert? i want to know because i have ridden in the rattlesnake before and it was not hard. and also what trail is this pic of. can someone tell me what is the best trail to ride that many people do not go on


January 24, 2012
Review: There are miles and miles of trails to ride. The only catch, half of them are straight up the mountain. Aside from the main corridor nothing is flat. Lots of work but lots of fun.



February 26, 2014
Guest Poseur  
Review: Are really cacti on this trail and is it really fifty miles long

Rattlesnake MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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