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Main Rattlesnake Trail #515

Intermediate

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8.3 mile 13.4 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 635' 194 m
Descent: -22' -7 m
High: 4,213' 1,284 m
Low: 3,600' 1,097 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Tad Davis

A beautiful trail with mellow grades!

Tad Davis

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Runner Notes

If you're looking for a place to do a tempo run in a trail environment, it doesn't get any better than this.

Description

This trail is a wide, gently sloping bike path-like trail for much of the way though it does turn a little rocky and has some small rises at times. It's a beautifully shaded trail that follows Rattlesnake Creek up the valley.

Start at the Rattlesnake parking lot just outside of Missoula where there is plenty of parking and restrooms available. The trail is very wide and flat at first but will soon begin heading up though gently, less than 100 ft a mile on average. All along the way you'll find plenty of trails shooting off the main trail to explore.

The Main Rattlesnake Trail #515 ends at Franklin Bridge just over 8 miles out. You can cross the bridge and continue on Upper Corridor Rattlesnake Trail #515 which increases in difficulty.

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Apr 20, 2017
Ryan Dosch
Flat, wide trail. First 1.75 miles were great. Used trail to stretch legs on drive across Montana. Less than 10 minutes from I-90. 3.5mi — 0h 34m

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Running the Rattlesnake Trial with Rattlesnake Creek in the background.
May 12, 2015 near East Mi…, MT
Main Rattlesnake Trail #515
Jan 7, 2016 near East Mi…, MT
Spring Gulch crossing on the Main Rattlesnake trail.
Jan 7, 2016 near East Mi…, MT

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