Colgate Licks National Recreation Trail


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.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Open Season: March
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: No drinking water is provided.
Restroom: 2 vault toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

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Day Hiking

The one-mile loop meanders through the lush forest of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, Grand fir and western red cedar. The trail crosses open meadows with overlooks of the Lochsa River and Bear Mountain.

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