Lee Creek Interpretive Trail

Lolo, Montana 59847

Lee Creek Interpretive Trail

Lee Creek Interpretive Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is perfect for families who want to explore the area near the Lewis and Clark Trail. You won’t have to eat the family dog or walk barefoot through the snow to enjoy the sweeping valley views afforded by this journey. Enjoy granite rock outcroppings, ridgetop hiking, fat stands of ponderosa pines, giant lone larches, and a lush creek bottom on this loop.

Follow along with the interpretive brochure offered at the trailhead as it describes twenty numbered sites you will encounter along the way. Nearby Lolo Hot Springs is a nice way to unwind after the hike; the resort offers an indoor hot pool and a cooler outdoor pool."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Lee Creek Interpretive Trail begins from the Lee Creek Campground and loops through the forested hillside above Lee Creek. Don’t let the words “interpretive trail” deter you from this hike. It is a fascinating and informative trail. Twenty descriptive panels identify ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Douglas fir trees. The panels explain, with examples, the effects of logging, lightening, fire, birds, decay, and deterioration upon the trees. An interpretive brochure is available at the trailhead and at the Forest Service visitor centers."
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"The Lee Creek interpretive trail offers an easy loop hike when combined with Lee Creek Road"

Lee Creek Interpretive Trail Trip Reports

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This trail was HORRIBLY overgrown when I made the trip. The first 9 miles the trail was very easy to follow, though overgrown to the point of long pants being mandatory if you wanted to avoid cut-up shins. The following miles, the very steep uphill miles, were insanely overgrown and the largest blaze I saw in these miles was approximately 1 inch long... I strongly suggest bringing your topo and a good compass along, as I lost the trail about 10 miles in, which could be disastrous under different circumstances. The scenery makes this hike entirely worthwhile though! All I can say is: Wow. I'll be making this trip again next summer, armed with more knowledge of the trail!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814; www.fs.usda.gov/lolo/
Local Contacts
USGS Lolo Hot Spring, Montana; USDAFS Lolo National Forest, available at Fort Missoula
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