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Level: Intermediate
Length: 50 mi (80.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +6,867/6 ft
Total: 48 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rattlesnake

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#30 of 264 mountain bike trails in Montana
#1593 in the world

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.

First added by blotus on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From Missoula, head north on Van Buren. Van Buren becomes Rattlesnake. At a 4 way junction (2.2 miles north of Broadway on Van Buren/Rattlesnake), turn right to remain on Rattlesnake. After another 1.8 miles, go left on Sawmill Gulch road (right is Woods Gulch Road). Go 0.3 miles and look for the large trailhead on the right. There is also a smaller trailhead 1.2 miles further up the road for the Sawmill Gulch drainage.
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  • Jake Gerstenberger
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    My favorite trail system in the Missoula Area. Many great rides to be had, and many can be done in the evening during summer.

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    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.

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  • chuckpelley   ✓ supporter
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    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.

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