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

 

 

KIM WILLIAMS NATURE TRAIL

Miles: 2.5

Elevation gain: None

Feel like getting away from it all, but don't have time to leave town? Take a walk, run, bicycle ride or horseback ride down the Kim Williams Nature Trail, the eastern-most segment of the riverfront city park and trail system.

Named in remembrance of Missoula naturalist Kim Williams, the trail follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade for 2.5 miles through a 134-acre natural area in Hellgate Canyon. It's a good example of a "Rails to Trails" project – an abandoned railroad right of way converted to a trail.

The wide flat pathway can comfortably accommodate a variety of uses. It's a good choice for people with small children and those not interested in or capable of a strenuous outing. You'll find plenty to enjoy along the way.

The river is on your left as you head east from town. The steep slopes of Mount Sentinel tower above you to the right. Diverse riparian plant communities in this corridor provide valuable wildlife habitat just a stone's throw from town.

Along the greenway, you can see an abundance of birds: great blue herons, bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, song sparrows and dippers, to name a few. White-tailed deer, mountain lion and black bear use the trail as a travel corridor. Watch for chipmunks on talus slopes. If you're quiet, you may see a fawn and doe drinking at river's edge.

Hikers and equestrians can travel from Kim Williams Trail to the top of Mount Sentinel on the Hellgate Canyon Trail.

 

 
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