Missoula, Mt: Rattlesnake Rec Hike

Just had time for a quick hike in the Missoula area so chose the Rattlesnake Rec Area. Very tame woods and fields with fire-road size trails and some single track.  Went up Curry Gulch and looped around via Sawmill Gulch. Super easy terrain, even I could mountain bike the trails I saw. Good trail running, if not a bit dull. Better for mt. biking.

Road Trip: Columbia Falls to Missoula, MT

A busy itinerary demands some time on the road today. Reluctant to leave Glacier National Park. It’s not goodbye; I’ll be back. This is just a teaser whirlwind trip from Spokane through Idaho and Montana.

A view of the dazzling Flathead River as I leave Columbia Falls.


A highlight was the sparkling town of Big Fork, an affluent community where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake West of the Mississippi with more than 180 miles of shoreline. (See featured top image.)

The Swam River flows into Flathead Lake, Bigfork, MT


The scenery along the 35 East includes horse ranches, cherry orchards, spectacular Flathead Lake, and so much more.


Then it was on to the awe dropping mountain ranges.


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