NORTH HILLS TRAILS
Miles: Ridge Trail – 1.8 miles (from Waterworks trailhead to Duncan Drive
3 miles); Cherry Gulch Trail – 1.1 miles;
Fire Line Trail – 1.7 miles; Froelich Trail – 1.4 miles; Mountainview Trail to Ridge Trail – 1.1 miles
Elevation gain: Varies
Dogs: On leash within 300 yards of trailhead and private property, and where posted.
Hikers must cross private land to reach the public acreage on the hills that form Missoula's northern backdrop. The main access points are a Mountain Water Co. utility road off Greenough Drive and a path opposite Mountain View Drive, farther up Duncan Drive.
The hillsides feature rare communities of cushion plants, including the Missoula phlox and bitterroots. They also provide birds-eye views of the city's railroad yards, downtown and into the Bitterroot Valley. Hikers are asked to stay on established trails and obey landowner signs and fences.