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Hiking the Morris Creek Trail

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Hiking the Morris Creek Trail

In the update to Trails of the Wild Cabinets, Jim Mellem takes us to Morris Creek

Morris Creek Trail No. 132

Destination: Upper Morris Creek 6,380 feet. Map, page 113.

USGS Map: Clark Fork, Scotchman Peak  GPS: N48 13 26.6 W116 06 55.8

Trailhead: On Highway 200 in downtown Clark Fork, Idaho, turn north by the Chevron Station onto Main and go 0.6 mile, turning left onto Lightning Creek Road. Go 6.3 miles to the trailhead.

Trail Length: 2.8 miles

Trail Condition: fair

Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet

Estimated Duration of Hike: 1.5 to 2 hours up, 1 hour down

Sweat Index: moderate

Best Features: periodic views of Blacktop Mountain and Bee Top

Availability of Water Along the Trail: follows Morris Creek

Stream Crossings: one, which is difficult or impossible during times of high runoff

What is it like? While this trail does not offer the panoramic views that mountaintop destinations include, this is a great, late-season, hot-weather hike with plenty of water. It also has a great diversity of plants and trees.

Camping: not really

Alternate Hikes: For the adventurous, a hike to Scotchman No. 2 or to Goat Mountain makes for the possibility of an open loop.

The first publication of Trails of the Wild Cabinets (Keokee Books, 2003) included trail information on over 80 trails in the Cabinets, just enough to take the hiking aficionado through a long summer, as long as he or she doesn’t have to work for a living. The second edition of the book includes a few more Wild Trails, researched and written by local hiker Jim Mellem. The Morris Creek Trail is one of those hikes.

If your desire is to explore and discover the rugged beauty of the mountains we live in, and plan to spend more than a summer doing so, then pick up the companion to Cabinets, Trails of the Wild Selkirks, and discover an additional 107 trails into the area backcountry. Both books include information on mountain bike accessibility, and both are available from Keokee Books in Sandpoint. Order online at www.keokeebooks.com, or call toll free 800-880-3573


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