Pattee Canyon has miles of trails through mature ponderosa pine, western larch, and Douglas-fir forest. Take Higgins Ave. south past Dornblazer Field. Turn east on Pattee Canyon Dr. and go 4.5 miles to the Pattee Canyon Trailhead.
Try the Sam Braxton and Accipiter trails (all trails are good). Other birding areas include the Crazy Creek trail (3.7 miles) and the Picnic Area.
This area is good habitat for Northern Goshawk, several owl species, Pileated Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrush, warblers, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, and Red Crossbill.
Continuing past Pattee Canyon Trailhead, the road becomes Deer Creek, which takes you above Milltown Dam and down to East Missoula.