Burdette Creek Trail

Missoula, Montana 59808

Burdette Creek Trail

Burdette Creek Trail Professional Guide

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"Burdette Creek is a tributary of the South Fork of Fish Creek, located in the Fish Creek drainage in Lolo National Forest. The Burdette Creek Trail provides access into the remote stream-fed drainage, following the creek through an old-growth ponderosa pine forest.

The gentle trail gains only 400 feet as it leads to a campsite at 4.5 miles, lying below the Petty Creek-Fish Creek divide. The route passes beaver ponds and crosses the creek three times. Known as an excellent wildlife winter range, the drainage is primarily used in the fall during hunting season."

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"This lightly used trail makes a fine introduction to the 16,360-acre Burdette Creek roadless area west of Missoula."

Burdette Creek Trail Trip Reports

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7/8/2011
This was a decent hike with some nice scenery. The trail difficulty was easy. The lake was pleasant and the dog loved to go for a swim. The waterfalls were raging. Lots of mist. Would be fun on a hot day. The trail traffic was on the heavy side so don't expect a wilderness experience. For a bonus, take the trail that goes to the upper falls. It is steep and difficult but you will leave the crowds behind. Overall, this is a very nice easy hike.
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6/26/2006
What an absolutely lovely day hike! Morrell Falls trail is easy, yet satisfying as it winds through shady forest first to pretty Morrell Lake and then on to the spectacular Morrell Falls. Even on a hot day, sitting by the falls is a cooling delight of whitewater spray. My children were delighted with the destination, as were we. My favorite part was enjoying the jewel-like multicolored stones that make up the bed of Morrell stream. Gorgeous! The one downside is that the trail is very popular, so there is no solitude. However, considerate hikers seem to go there as the trail was clean and the people were friendly, so sharing wasn't bad at all.
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12/27/2002
Wow, its hard to believe the trailhead is still accessible by 4WD vehicle this time of year, but that can change with the next snow. Then it will be time to snowmobile to Montana's biggest icicle.
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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
9
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
5 hours
Duration
Year-Round
Season
U.S.G.S. Lupine Creek
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