Wagon Mountain Trail from Lee Creek Lewis and Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Missoula, Montana

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The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) Trail extends 1 ,1 70 miles, from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana, just shy of the Canadian border. The long, circuitous route was used only once by the Nez Perce. They reluctantly left their homeland in order to seek refuge from hostilities, conflicts, and mistreatment. Their tragic flight from the U.S. Army in 1 877 led through four states. This route is now the designated Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Sections of the trail, however, were used for thousands of years prior to 1 877. Many of these abandoned segments, originally formed from repeated use, have become impassable due to overgrown vegetation; downfall; and alteration by floods, powerlines, and manmade structures. The Wagon Mountain Trail follows a portion of the Nez Perce Trail that has been restored and maintained. It connects Lee Creek to Packer Meadows at Lolo Pass. The hike can be combined with Hike 60 for a one-way, five-mile shuttle hike.

Wagon Mountain Trail from Lee Creek Lewis and Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) Trail extends 1 ,1 70 miles, from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana, just shy of the Canadian border. The long, circuitous route was used only once by the Nez Perce. They reluctantly left their homeland in order to seek refuge from hostilities, conflicts, and mistreatment. Their tragic flight from the U.S. Army in 1 877 led through four states. This route is now the designated Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Sections of the trail, however, were used for thousands of years prior to 1 877. Many of these abandoned segments, originally formed from repeated use, have become impassable due to overgrown vegetation; downfall; and alteration by floods, powerlines, and manmade structures. The Wagon Mountain Trail follows a portion of the Nez Perce Trail that has been restored and maintained. It connects Lee Creek to Packer Meadows at Lolo Pass. The hike can be combined with Hike 60 for a one-way, five-mile shuttle hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Lolo Hot Springs / U.S.F.S. Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

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Jun 2018