Spring is a time when the hikers among us (ourselves included) are just itching to hit the trail. Alas, many of our favorite trails are covered in deep snow. Not to be deterred, we hike places like the Rattlesnake Valley – Mount Jumbo Trails when higher elevations are impassable.
As always, we encourage guests of our Missoula lodging to start each day with a delicious and nutritious breakfast here. Hikers are bound to have plenty of energy after crab crepes or huckleberry sourdoughs, fresh fruit, and bottomless cups of freshly brewed coffee and tea.
The Rattlesnake Valley – Mount Jumbo Trails have four options: tackle one or all three, depending on your energy level. The North Loop Trail is 3.8 miles; Saddle Trail is 1.1 miles; Backbone Trail is 2.5 miles, and the L Trail is 2/3 mile. All are currently open except the stretch North of Saddle, which opens for the season on April 30, 2011.
Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails, as they are welcome in our dog-friendly Missoula lodging. Keep an eye out for elk and deer – large herds often feed on the hills during the winter.
We are always happy to share our knowledge of the area with guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. We love where we live, and we love to help people see the best of Missoula.