CLARK FORK RIVERFRONT
Southside Trail
Northside Trail

BLUE MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA
Maclay Flat Interpretive Trail
Forest Roads No. 365 and No. 2137
Blue Mountain Nature Trail
Blue Mountain National Recreation Trail
Motor Vehicle Trails

SOUTH HILLS TRAIL SYSTEM
Meadow Hill Trail
Ravenwood Park Trail
Peery Park, Moose Can Gully Trails
High Park Loop

MOUNT SENTINEL
Kim Williams Trail
"M" Trail
Mount Sentinel Fire Road
Mo Z Trail
Pengelly Ridge Trail
Hellgate Canyon Trail

SOUTH MISSOULA
Bitterroot Branch Trail
Tower Complex Trail
South Avenue Trail
Raven Park Trail
Larchmont Trail

PATTEE CANYON RECREATION AREA
Sam Braxton Trail
Crazy Canyon Trail
Northside Trails
Southside Ski Trails

RATTLESNAKE NATIONAL
RECREATION AREA and WILDERNESS

Main Travel Corridor
Spring Gulch/Stuart Peak Trail
Woods Gulch/Sheep Mountain Trail
Sawmill/Curry Trail System

RATTLESNAKE VALLEY
Greenough Park Trails
Routes North of Greenough Park
Mount Jumbo Trails

NORTH HILLS TRAILS
Moon Randolph Homestead

SHORT TRIPS from MISSOULA
Cha-paa-qn/Sleeping Woman Trail
North Summit/Lolo Peak

 

 

BLUE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Miles: 1/4 loop

Elevation gain: 50 feet (from 3,650 feet to 3,700 feet)

There's opportunity for both day and overnight trips on this trail from the base of Blue Mountain to the lookout. You can start from the trailhead on Blue Mountain Road or go up Forest Road No. 365 to points where the road intersects or passes near the trail. Remember, this trail is closed to mountain bike use.

Signs are scarce, but the route has been marked with "blazes" on trees (see illustration). Be sure to look for these blazes – numerous old logging roads and skid trails crisscross Blue Mountain, and this can be a difficult trail to follow. You won't find water along the way, so take enough to last your entire trip.

Don't let these words of caution discourage you from trying this trail. It passes through some fine country with occasional views of the Missoula Valley and Bitterroot River. In fact, it's a favorite of local equestrians. Backcountry Horsemen of Missoula sponsors an annual trail ride and clearing to help with maintenance. This group also helped develop the trail.

Hikers often take a one-way trip up or down the trail by arranging a shuttle.

You can camp and build a campfire west of Forest Road No. 365 above the second gate on Road No. 365. (See map.)

The trailhead (also called the "horse-loading facility") is on Blue Mountain Road, just 1 mile north of its intersection with Highway 93 South.

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