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Blue Mountain Nature Trail

photo: Blue Mountain fire lookout. Photo by USFS-Lolo NF.

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

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Description

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

Year Designated:
1978

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

 

Photos

Blue Mountain fire lookout. Photo by USFS-Lolo NF.

Blue Mountain fire lookout. Photo by USFS-Lolo NF.

View from Blue Mountain Fire Lookout. Photo by USFS-Lolo NF.

View from Blue Mountain Fire Lookout. Photo by USFS-Lolo NF.

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