Morrell Falls

Missoula, Montana

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Located at the foot of Crescent Mountain in the southern end of the Swan Range, Morrell Falls is one of the most well-known and visited waterfalls in Montana. You’ll often see families making the stroll together. In addition to its easy access to a tall and awesome cascade, Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail also features a couple of small lakes along the way. The trail is wide and level and passes through healthy stands of lodgepole pine. After a short climb to a bench, you advance through mixed forest of larch, fir, spruce, and pine. Summer and fall bring loads of huckleberries to the wooded slopes. Consider coming on weekdays in the early morning or late afternoon to find more solitude at this amazing, yet often crowded location. You might also encounter resident black bears and grizzly bears, so make sure you carry your bear spray.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Located at the foot of Crescent Mountain in the southern end of the Swan Range, Morrell Falls is one of the most well-known and visited waterfalls in Montana. You’ll often see families making the stroll together. In addition to its easy access to a tall and awesome cascade, Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail also features a couple of small lakes along the way.

The trail is wide and level and passes through healthy stands of lodgepole pine. After a short climb to a bench, you advance through mixed forest of larch, fir, spruce, and pine. Summer and fall bring loads of huckleberries to the wooded slopes. Consider coming on weekdays in the early morning or late afternoon to find more solitude at this amazing, yet often crowded location. You might also encounter resident black bears and grizzly bears, so make sure you carry your bear spray.

© 2017 John Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: May-Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, 24 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3750; fs.usda.gov/lolo
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 55, A8; USGS Quad Morrell Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Morrell Falls

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