Sam Braxton Trail

Type: Backcountry
Length: 3.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: In Lolo NF, 5 mi. SW of Missoula on Pattee Canyon Road.
States: Montana
Counties: Missoula
Latitude: 46.82414   Longitude: -113.9216

The trail begins 4 miles up Patte Canyon Road, just off the south side parking area. Bear to the right beyond the gate in the parking area and follow the roadway to the trailhead.

Description

Named after a well known Missoula skier, bicyclist and outdoorsman, this trail loops around the southeast portion of Pattee Canyon Recreation Area.
You might want to pick up one of Lolo National Forest's Pattee Canyon brochures before exploring this trail. While the trail is signed, you can be confused easily by old horse-logging skid trails and other paths that crisscross the area.
Look for giant old-growth western larch and ponderosa pine, Montana's state tree, near the beginning of the trail. Careful observers will discover remnants of Missoula homesteads along the trail. Savor your journey into the past, but remember these artifacts are parts of archaeological sites protected by law. Leave for others to enjoy and study.
The trail begins four miles up Pattee Canyon Road, just off the south side parking area. Bear to the right beyond the gate in the parking area and follow the roadway to the trailhead.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 4,500
Elevation High Point: 4,500
Year Designated: 1980

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: State of Montana

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
Missoula , MT 59804
(406) 329-3984
gjthompson@fs.fed.us

 

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