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

 

 

RATTLESNAKE AREA - SAWMILL/CURRY TRAIL SYSTEM

Miles: 10

Elevation gain: 995 feet (from 3,920 feet to 4,915 feet)

Dogs: Prohibited year-round

The Sawmill Gulch-Curry Gulch area was acquired by the Lolo National Forest in 1986 by exchanging land with a private landowner.

A network of trails that has developed over more than a century crisscrosses the area. Some pathways were made by prospectors, settlers and their livestock in the late 1800s. Others are steep skid roads left by woodcutters salvaging timber after the great 1919 fire. Gentler, wider roads were left through timber-harvest areas in the 1960s and 1970s.

You can select a number of routes through this part of the Rattlesnake, depending on your interests, available time and stamina. Just up from the Sawmill Gulch trailhead, you can follow a short loop past an old ranch site. The old Curry Cabin is near a trail farther to the north.

Just south of the Curry Cabin, a trail down Curry Gulch connects with one of two trails that run parallel to Spring Gulch. Either of these Spring Gulch trails will take you to the main travel corridor.

The trail farthest to the north in the Sawmill-Curry System joins Stuart Peak Trail about three miles south of the wilderness boundary. From this intersection, you can continue north toward Stuart Peak or head back down through Spring Gulch.

Depending on what trail you're on, you can enjoy some great views into the Grant Creek area, other parts of the Rattlesnake or the Missoula Valley.

The Sawmill-Curry trailhead is small and has no turn-around space for vehicles with trailers. To get there, go 1.2 miles past the main Rattlesnake trailhead parking area on Sawmill Gulch Road.

 

 

 

 
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