Rattlesnake Horse Trail #517A


This trailhead is on the east side of Rattlesnake Creek and provides adequate parking for horse trailers. The trail leads north for about 0.25 mile and then joins up with the main Rattlesnake Trail.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Rattlesnake South Zone is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Please view our Rattlesnake (RNRAW) Restriction information.
Closest Towns: Missoula, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Accessible restrooms are available at the Rattlesnake main trailhead and horse trailhead. All other trailheads provide parking, but there are no facilities.
Information Center: Missoula Ranger District, 406-329-3814

General Information

Directions: From Interstate 90 in Missoula, take the Van Buren Street exit #105 and head north. Van Buren Street will turn into Rattlesnake Drive. Stay on Rattlesnake Drive for approximately 3 miles until you reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area entrance. Travel another 0.25 mile and turn left on Sawmill Gulch Road. The trailhead will be on the right after about 0.25 mile.
General Notes: Garbage receptacles and parking are available at the Rattlesnake main trailhead. For details, view our brochure "Rattlesnake National Recreation Area" and our map, "Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area." See our Maps & Publications section.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

This short piece of trail joins the main Rattlesnake Trail after 0.25 miles. It begins on the east side of Rattlesnake Creek, crosses the creek and then merges with the main Rattlesnake Trail.
Hitching Railsyes
Loading Rampyes
Size Restrictions
Water Availability
Difficulty Level: Easy
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.25 mile

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  Elevation : 
3600 feet - 3620 feet