Sawmill Trail 24.1 – Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Once again, we headed into the Rattlesnake national Recreation Area for an 8-mile loop hike on the Sawmill Trail 24.1 and down Curry Gulch. The day was absolutely brilliant with warm temperatures and bright sunshine. The trail basically gains a ridge and follows that ridge all the way to Stuart Peak, but we turned off above Curry Cabin and made our way back down to the Sawmill Gulch trailhead. Now I write after a thick dump of snow covers the Bitterroot Valley, but I am grateful for the luscious autumn that was visited upon Western Montana.

Sawmill Gulch, which was once home to a sawmill, huh?

Sawmill Gulch, which was once home to a sawmill, huh?

Tremendous autumn afternoon

Tremendous autumn afternoon

Trudging up the ridge with brilliant sunshine

Trudging up the ridge with brilliant sunshine

The larch have lost all their needles for this year

The larch have lost all their needles for this year

Just an amazing afternoon in the Rattlesnake

Just an amazing afternoon in the Rattlesnake

The junction with the Ravine Trail which comes out of Grant Creek

The junction with the Ravine Trail which comes out of Grant Creek

The view from above Sawmill Gulch

The view from above Sawmill Gulch

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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