Blue Mountain National Recreation Area
Elevation Gain: 2,460 feet
At the Blue Mountain Recreation Area you'll find breathtaking views and a forest-fire lookout at road's end. The 4,900-acre area also features off-road trails for hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, people in wheelchairs and ATV enthusiasts.
Kim Williams Nature Trail
Branching off of the Southside of the riverfront walking trail, the Kim Williams Nature Trail is a great place to walk, run, bicycle or horseback ride. Named in honor of Missoula naturalist Kim Williams, the trail takes you through a 134-acre natural area of the Hellgate Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the river.
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area
The Pattee Canyon Recreation Area has been a favorite Missoula recreation area for years. The 3,200-acre area has an abundance of ponderosa pines and a network of scenic foot, horse, bicycle and cross-country ski trails.
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness
The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness is a 60,000-acre wilderness complex to Missoula's north. The developed trails welcomes a variety of hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and bicycling opportunities.