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Colgate Licks Nature Trail

Short, steep ascent on both ends of trail to top. Trail winds through lodge pole forest/ponderosa pine into open meadow/mineral licks.

photo: Scenic view of the Lochsa River in the Clearwater Forest. Photo by Idaho Travel Council.

Length: 1.25 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In the Clearwater NF along US 12 near Westover Campground.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Idaho
Longitude: -114.93556
Latitude: 46.46593

Driving Directions

Approximately 75 miles west of Missoula along US Hwy 12, and 145 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho.

Description

The Colgate Licks Nature Trail is a short 1 mile loop interpretive trail located at mile post 147.9 along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All American Road (US Highway 12). This National Recreation Trail meanders through a variety of ecotones associated with a natural mineral lick. Here, the natural, sulfur-smelling mineral deposits containing calcium, sodium and potassium provide mammals with essential mineral nutrients needed for bone and muscle growth in the spring. Visitors can enjoy a break from their drive by experiencing open meadows with overlooks of the Lochsa River and Bear Mountain and the wonders that make up this unique ecosystem.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Chen Jones
Wilderness & Recreation Program Leader
Clearwater National Forest
Lochsa Ranger District - Powell Office
Powell Ranger Station
Lolo, MT 59847
(208) 942-3113
cjones/r1_cleanwater@fs.fed.us

 

Photos

Scenic view of the Lochsa River in the Clearwater Forest. Photo by Idaho Travel Council.

Scenic view of the Lochsa River in the Clearwater Forest. Photo by Idaho Travel Council.

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