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Pattee Canyon Complex

Missoula Montana

Listing Type: National Forest Trail
City: Missoula Montana
Region: Glacier Country

Set in a wooded canyon near Missoula at 4,100 feet, Pattee Canyon Recreation Area has individual family picnic sites available for free. There are 3 group sites available by reservation. The picnic area sits in a grove of big Ponderosa pines. The loop roads are paved and there is a host at the site in the summer. It's open from 9:00am to sunset while the host is there and closed the rest of the year. It's a popular spot for day hikes and mountain biking. There are handicapped access toilets, no water and no electricity. When the area is closed people are welcome to park outside and walk in to use the area.

In the winter, there is cross-country skiing available. Trails are groomed for skating. Parking capacity for 40 cars. Closed to motorized vehicles. Dogs prohibited on groomed trails. Ski trails are groomed by the Missoula Nordic Ski Club.

Length: 1.6 km of easiest, 4 km of more difficult and 5.4 km of most difficult trail; intermittent grooming.

Directions: Take the Pattee Canyon Road 3 miles and the picnic area is on the left and the ski trail parking lot is on the right. Located 3.5 miles southeast of Missoula.

Pattee Canyon Complex
Lolo National Forest, Missoula, MT 59804

  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Horseback Riding

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