Maclay Flats Interpretive Trail - Missoula

Distance, round trip: 1.25 miles

Trailhead: Trailhead along County Road 30

For an easygoing outing beyond the city limits, try the Maclay Flat Interpretive Trail! The path is wide, level and surfaced to accommodate wheelchairs. It takes you along the Bitterroot River and through adjacent meadows, with some great views of mountains around Missoula. Along the way are 16 interpretive signs describing the river system, wildlife, vegetation and archeology of the area.

You will come to a flat grassy area along the river - a good picnicking spot with a picnic table. This stretch of the river has some fishing spots.

You have an excellent chance of seeing bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, mallards, red-tailed hawks, and white-tailed deer. Listen for songbirds and watch the variety of wildflowers and other plants.

The restrooms at the parking area are wheelchair accessible. Horses and bicycles are not allowed on this trail. You must keep your dog on a leash

Area Map: Lolo Forest Visitors Map

USGS Map: Missoula Southwest, Missoula Trails Brochure

Township 13N; Range 20W; Section 35

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Phone: 406-329-3814
Fax: 406-329-1049

From Highway 93 south, cross the Bitterroot River, and take the Blue Mountain County Road on the right. Go past the horse trailhead where the asphalt turns to dirt, past the Lookout Road 365 on the left, down the hill you'll find Maclay Flat on your right.

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Interpretive Display, Pets Allowed, Trail

Bird Watching, Education, Hiking, Nature Area, Picnicking, Sightseeing, Walking, Wildlife Viewing