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Moose Creek Trail # 168

  

Moose Creek Trail #168 appears to "move" the visitor along, so varied are its surroundings. The first 2.5 miles of trail from Access #1 follow Moose Creek at a grade of less than 4 percent. From the creek bottom, the trail switchbacks along a sidehill to a ridgetop. The last portion of the trail follows a ridge to the junction with Sapphire-Rock Creek Divide Trail #313, with a trail grade of 10 percent.

There are excellent views of the Moose Creek drainage. The visitor will encounter 4 creek crossings. The Moose Creek Area has experienced considerable blowdown of trees in the past. The hiker or horseman may encounter trees across the trail. Trail #168 passes through two rockslides.

Tree species are Engelmann spruce and Douglas-fir along the creek bottom and lodgepole pine, whitebark pine, and larch along the ridge. Ground vegetation ranges from grasses, willow, and alder to beargrass and grouse whortleberry.

Wildlife may include moose, elk, mule deer, mountain goat, black bear and grouse. The lower portion of Moose Creek supports rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Sula

General Information

Directions: Access #1. Follow the East Fork Road #472 for 15.8 miles to the Martin-Moose Creek fork in the road. Take Moose Creek Road to the east and follow for 3.4 miles to the end of the road and trailhead. Access #2. Via Sapphire-Rock Divide Trail #313 to junction with Moose Creek Trail #168.

Activities


Hiking

Hide detail HIDE

Backpacking

Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

  Latitude : 
45.9735571

  Longitude : 
-113.7119921

  Elevation : 
5669 - 7640

 



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