Morrell Falls

Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

Morrell Falls

Morrell Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This trail provides an easy stroll through forested bottomland to reach a spectacular waterfall on Morrell Creek. The route is especially popular with families and can also be enjoyed by beginner and out-of-shape hikers. Due to the large numbers of visitors to this area in summer months, it is the wrong choice for solitude seekers. The best time to view the falls is early summer, when snowmelt causes enormous quantities of water to thunder over the lip.

The trail begins by following an old roadbed across a small stream and then striking northward through the lodgepole pine. The trail is wide and well beaten as it makes its way through the level forest. Lodgepole pines are dependent on fires and other disturbances to reproduce. The heat of a forest fire melts the resin that seals the cones shut, allowing the seeds inside to be released after the fire, even if the tree bearing them dies in the blaze."

More Morrell Falls Professional Reviews and 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."

Morrell Falls Reviews

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It is pretty sad to see all the charred landscape on the route to the beautiful falls. The entire trail was once so pretty until the destructive fire last year. However, this is still a great hike and the waterfall is still truly wonderful. The elevation gain is so minimal that it is a very easy hike, great for kids, and a good opportunity to teach them about preventing forest fires, for sure. I saw some new growth amongst the burned areas and that filled me with some relief and hope.
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A very rewarding hike. Well marked and good for the whole family.

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Trail Information

Seeley Lake
Nearby City
170 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best July through September
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,880 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Morrell Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018