Take the Van Buran Street Exit off I-90 on the east end of Missoula and go 4.5 miles north on Rattlesnake Drive to the main parking area and jumping-off point on the west side of Rattlesnake Creek. The road takes off up the old Rattlesnake FR 99, now closed to all motorized recreational travel. The main trailhead has handicapped access toilets and another one 1.5 miles up the main corridor. The area is closed to dogs in the winter to protect elk on their winter range and during calving season. In the summer dogs are allowed only on leashes before the 1.7 mile mark. If you're visiting the Rattlesnake on horseback, park at the recently completed trailhead for equestrians on the east side of the Rattlesnake Creek. The new horse trails to a horses-only bridge across the Rattlesnake just above the Stuart Peak/Spring Gulch trail.
Parking, Toilets, Trail
Backcountry Camping, Backcountry Skiing, Bicycling, Big Game, Bird Watching, Bow Hunting, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Running, Wildlife Viewing