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Blue Mountain Recreational Area

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Great place to hike

Spent many hours hiking/snow shoeing in the area. Terrain varies from nice and flat -- easy... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Dungeon S
Missoula, Montana
Pedaling Zoo City Single Track

Riding the local urban bike trail, there were no signs when it ended. But I met and followed two... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Richard W
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Spent many hours hiking/snow shoeing in the area. Terrain varies from nice and flat -- easy hiking/walking to hilly and more challenging. Our go to New Years Day walking area.

Thank Dungeon S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Riding the local urban bike trail, there were no signs when it ended. But I met and followed two locals pedaling to McKay Flats. A really nice ride in an urban area. They suggested riding over the hill to the Blue Mtn Rec area. All...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Missoula Half-Marathon starts along Blue Mountain Road. It's beauty at 0600 in the morning with the sun glowing off the river is one the reasons we keep coming back. I'm sure it is just as pretty at other times of day as-well. I would...More

Thank Ed T
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I did not get to fully enjoy this as the weather turned rainy. However I did get to start a trail loop. A series of trails lace through the hills and back hills. The trails weave around allowing you to design your course. The recreation...More

1  Thank CATTSAR
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The trail system at Blue Mountain Recreation Area is awesome. You can take a short 30 minute loop or extend your hike to hours. Open meadows at the base and timbered landscapes the higher you go in elevation. Pet friendly and dogs do not need...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Enjoyed getting out to stretch the legs and get some fresh air. There were miles of possible trails to take that ranged from easing walks to more strenuous hiking. Saw some amazing overviews of the city and surrounding areas.

Thank michelescribner
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Lengthy hike early on a Sunday morning on the Blue Mountain trails. Outstanding views of the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers, and panoramic view of Missoula. Very good opportunity for bird watching and only a few joggers, hikers, and dog walkers on the well maintained...More

Thank Daniel E
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Only 5-10 minutes by car from the city, this vast open area provides great views of the city, the river and the mountains. My dog absolutely loved hiking here. It is peaceful and usually, no matter how many cars are in the parking lot, you...More

Thank Shawn R
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Miles of trails, open meadows and wooded areas. Lots of friendly dogs/owners. We go all the time as it's so close. Wish everyone would clean up their own poops.

Thank tacocands
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Access to trails and river close to town. Easy for children and families to spend time in the outdoors without having to travel very far.

Thank bravofour
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