Morrell Falls

This is one of the most popular trails on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. The trail is predominantly used by day hikers although bicyclists and stock users frequent the trail as well. The trail is closed to motorized vehicles, except for snowmobiles after December 1.

photo: Morrell Falls. Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

     Non-motorized boating allowed, dogs allowed off-leash.

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Location: Lolo National Forest, Sec 36 T18N, In Lolo National Forest E of SR 83 above Seeley Lake.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Missoula
Longitude: -113.45085
Latitude: 47.274

Driving Directions

Travel .5 miles north of the town of Seeley Lake on Highway 83, turn east (right) on Morrell Creek Road (small green street sign) which becomes Forest Road #477 Cottonwood Lakes Road, and go 1.1 miles. Turn north (left) on West Morrell Road #4353, travel about 6 miles. Turn east (right) on Pyramid Pass Road #4381, go .25 miles. Then turn north (left) on Morrell Falls Road #4364, continue travel for 1 mile to the Morrell Falls Trailhead and parking area.


This 2.7 mile (one-way) National Recreation Trail leads to Morrell Lake and beautiful Morrell Falls at the base of the Swan Mountain Range. Most of the trail is in the timber, but the views of the Swan Mountains are tremendous from Morrell Lake.

Morrell Lake is located approximately 2.3 miles from the trailhead and Morrell Falls, located past the northeast corner of the lake, marks the end of the trail. Morrell Creek cascades down a spectacular 90-foot double falls. A short, steep climb provides a rewarding view of the falls from above but be very careful if you pursue this.

Dogs allowed. The trail is non-motorized in the summer.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS Trail Map
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:
James Blackburn
Lolo National Forest
HC31, Box 3200
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
(406) 677-2233



Morrell Falls. Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Morrell Falls. Photo by USDA Forest Service.


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