Morrell Falls – Crowded Beauty

Morrell Falls is a quite popular destination for hikers and families looking for an afternoon stroll to one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Montana. Swan Mountains dominate the skyline as you weave through a rather monotonous lodgepole forest for the first mile and half. These eventually gives way to a spruce-fir forest with Morrell Creek flows through it. The day that Vida and I went on this hike was Memorial Day, and to say it was crowded is an understatement. This was the most packed I have seen trailhead outside of a national park. The line at the outhouse was 5 deep.

Total distance: 5.56 mi
Max elevation: 4915 ft
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Morrell Falls trailhead - start of the fun

Morrell Falls trailhead – start of the fun

Unknown fungi - have to get better at ID

Unknown fungi – have to get better at ID

Vida at the only creek crossing

Vida at the only creek crossing

Morrell Lake

Morrell Lake

Morrell Lake

Morrell Lake

Vida at Morrell Falls

Vida at Morrell Falls

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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