Rattlesnake Recreation Area: Curry Cabin and Sawmill Gulch

Even though the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is immediately adjacent to Missoula, it is an area that I have explored very seldom. Curry Cabin is a place that I have read about in the guidebooks and blog posts, but it was unvisited…until now that is. Curry Cabin lies at the head of Curry Gulch (imagine that?), where a group of intrepid miners dig into the earth about a hundred years ago.  Surrounding the mine are several cabins in various states of decay. From here, Jeff and I continued over the ridge into Sawmill Gulch. We hiked down the drainage to the parking lot from whence we started, making for an even 6-mile hike.

Which way, which way?

Which way, which way?

Total distance: 6.02 mi
Max elevation: 4426 ft
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Whitetail buck in the midst of the rut

Whitetail buck in the midst of the rut

End of November and we still have flowers! Climate change, maybe???

End of November and we still have flowers! Climate change, maybe???

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Smaller Whitetail buck

Smaller Whitetail buck

The trail to Curry Cabin

The trail to Curry Cabin

The mine in Curry Gulch

The mine in Curry Gulch

An old lean-to shed is the most erect building

An old lean-to shed is the most erect building

Curry Cabin ruins

Curry Cabin ruins

The roof of Curry Cabin has long since caved in

The roof of Curry Cabin has long since caved in

Imagine how hardy the folks were who lived and mined here

Imagine how hardy the folks were who lived and mined here

Curry Cabin

Curry Cabin

Entrance to an old root cellar

Entrance to an old root cellar

Curry Cabin

Curry Cabin

Curry Cabin

Curry Cabin

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Curry Gulch

Curry Gulch

Curry Cabin

Curry Cabin

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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