Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail #30

Morrell Falls

This National Recreation Trail leads to Morrell Lake and beautiful Morrell Falls at the base of the Swan Mountain Range. Views of the Swan Mountains are tremendous from Morrell Lake. Morrell Creek cascades down a spectacular 90-foot, double waterfall.

This trail has Extended Information which includes details about the trail, maps, and interesting tidbits about the trail.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Bike rentals are available in the town of Seeley Lake.
Open Season: Late Spring - Fall
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Closed to motorized use. This trail is in grizzly bear country. Visitors are reminded to take appropriate precautions. Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Seeley Lake, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

General Information

Directions: From the town of Seeley Lake, travel 0.5 mile north on Highway 83. Turn east (right) on Morrell Creek Road (small green street sign) which becomes Forest Service Road #477/Cottonwood Lakes Road, and travel 1.1 miles. Turn north (left) on West Morrell Road #4353 and travel about 6 miles. Turn east (right) on Pyramid Pass Road #4381, go 0.25 mile. Then turn north (left) on Morrell Falls Road #4364. Continue for 1 mile to the Morrell Falls Trailhead and parking area.
General Notes: See our extended information document.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

This is a very popular trail for mountain biking.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

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.
Elevation desc At beginning/lowest - 4730 ft. At End - 4840 ft. At highest - 4880 ft.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Primarily a day hiking trail, it's also used by mountain bikers and equestrians. The first portion of the trail is located through a lodgepole pine flat. The remainder passes through a mixed forest of pine, fir, western larch, and spruce.
Size Restrictions
Difficulty Level: Easy

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
4730 feet - 4880 feet