Blue Mountain Nature Trail

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Wildlife Observation

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Location: 20 minutes southwest of Missoula in the Lolo National Forest.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Missoula
Longitude: -114.138
Latitude: 46.82336

Driving Directions

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The Blue Mountain National Recreation Trail is an 8-mile trail from the foothills at the east end of the park to the Blue Mountain Lookout. This hike follows a two-mile section of the trail along a beautiful forested path through ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The nature trail loop has an overlook with a panoramic photograph identifying the peaks and canyons within sight. Interpretive brochures are at the trailhead and local visitor centers. If you prefer a shorter quarter-mile hike, the road passes the signed Blue Mountain Nature Trail en route to the trailhead.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 4,100
Elevation High Point: 4,100
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Gene Thompson
Missoula Ranger District
Bldg 24, Ft Missoula
Missoula , MT 59801
(406) 329-3984

Information contact:
Charyl Vanderburg
Missoula Ranger District

(406) 329-3984



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