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Trail of the Week: Rattlesnake Trail, Missoula, Montana

A gently sloping, beautiful trail in Montana wilderness.

Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.

If you’re looking for a place to do a tempo run in a trail environment, it doesn’t get any better than this trail near Missoula, Montana.

The Rattlesnake Trail is a wide, gently sloping bike path-like trail for much of the way though it does turn a little rocky and has some small rises at times. It’s a beautifully shaded trail that follows Rattlesnake Creek up the valley.

Start at the Rattlesnake parking lot just outside of Missoula where there is plenty of parking and restrooms available. The trail is very wide and flat at first but will soon begin heading up though gently, less than 100 feet a mile on average. All along the way you’ll find plenty of trails shooting off the main trail to explore.

The Main Rattlesnake Trail #515 ends at Franklin Bridge just over 8 miles out. You can cross the bridge and continue on Upper Corridor Rattlesnake Trail #515 which increases in difficulty.

The Data

Miles: 8.3

Runnable: 100 percent

Average Grade: 1 percent

Max Grade: 7 percent

Total Ascent: 635 feet

Total Descent: -22 feet

Highest Elevation: 4,213 feet

For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: