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Description - On the Lolo National Forest, four major rivers and streams offer some of the best fishing in the Rocky Mountains. The topography varies from remote, high alpine lakes to whitewater streams and from heavily forested ridges to smooth rolling meadows. The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area offers many recreational opportunities right on the edge of Missoula.

Recreation - Visitors to the Lolo can enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Climate - Temperatures and precipitation on the Forest vary with elevation. Summers tend to bring moderate to warm temperatures with clear days. Summer highs are normally in the 70's and 80's with relatively cool to cold nights. Winter brings cold temperatures with ample snow for winter recreation activities. Winter temperatures frequently drop well below zero but clear, crisp days are common. Snowpack normally remains in the high elevations well into June or even July making some areas inaccessible until then.

Location - The Lolo National Forest lies in western Montana, around Missoula. The crest of the Bitterroot Mountains divides Montana from Idaho and serves as the Forest's western boundary. The Continental Divide through the Scapegoat Wilderness defines the Forest's eastern boundary. The Forest has offices located in Missoula, Seeley Lake, Ninemile (near Frenchtown), Superior, and Plains.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
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Filed By: Dave Anderson (Spirit Lake, ID)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I made a trip into cyuse landing air strip from Supiror mt.forest service road. then I went up over black leed mt. and came out at Powell ranger station on the LoLo pass hwy. This is one of the most beautiful trips that I have ever taken! If you take this trip be sure to take all of the saftey and extra suplys (gass,Food,ect)that you might need. It will take lots of time to enjoy the trip, don't hurry! Be careful! Enjoy.....Dave Anderson. PS, The road needs to be cleaned up badly, for some places are almost inpassable by truck. (4X4) 4-10-2009.............

Filed By: Rick Kimmerling (Hot Springs, Mt)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: I was told by a Lolo bigwig that I am allowed to ride my dualsport motorcycle on the trails to and near Thompson peak. Well as always, when I tried to do that I found that it is useless. The forest service has made all the trails that are rideable by motorcycle off limits, and all the unridable trails are open to dirtbikes. Hikers have lots of trails to hike on to themselves, while dirt bikers are shut out. Sorry but if this keeps up all the gates will be trashed and people will ride where they will. Dirt bikers need at least a few trails to themselves. we have the right to use public land too.

More Information

Contact Information:
Lolo National Forest, Building 24, Fort Missoula , Missoula, MT, 59801, Phone: 406-329-3750

Additional Information:
Montana National Forests -

Lolo National Forest - Official agency website


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