Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

  

This 3,200-acre recreation area on the east side of Missoula is a popular getaway for locals and visitors. The extensive, 27 miles of system trails is open year-round to non-motorized use and available to hikers, folfers, mountain bikers, joggers, cross-country skiers and dog walkers. These recreation area trails and roads connect the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River areas. Trail access points available at the picnic area, main trailhead, Crazy Canyon Trailhead and the Larch Camp Road; see the "Pattee Canyon Recreation Area" brochure and map for details.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Area closed 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Paint balling is prohibited. Please view our Pattee Canyon Recreation Area brochure and Lolo National Forest Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Missoula, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Handicap accessible vault toilets located at the Crazy Canyon and Pattee Canyon Main Trailheads
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Missoula Ranger District, 406-329-3814

General Information

Directions: From Interstate 90 in Missoula, take the Orange Street exit #104 and travel south. Turn left onto West Front Street and go 0.2 miles to South Higgins Avenue, then turn right. Continue on South Higgins Avenue for about 2.7 miles to Pattee Canyon Road, then turn left. On Pattee Canyon Road, travel 4 miles heading (east) up the canyon. Look for the Pattee Canyon Picnic Area sign and entrance.
General Notes: Please see our online brochure, "Pattee Canyon Recreation Area" for details and map.

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Activities


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Disc Golf

Recreation areas with activity Disc Golf: A disc golf course is available in this area. It is open July 1 to November 1, and closed the rest of the year to protect vegetation. Baskets provided.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Picnicking

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.828308

  Longitude : 
-113.939537

  Elevation : 
4200 feet