The trail along Morris Creek provides a lovely walk in the woods, with a moderate elevation gain and occasional glimpses of the peaks towering above. The trail keeps to the north side of the creek, crossing a couple of seasonal side stream, switch backing occasionally and providing some cool relief from the summer sun. At about 2.5 miles, the trail crosses the main stem of Morris Creek and then switchbacks up the south side of the valley, through old growth Cedar and Hemlock, with mosses in the under story. This creek crossing can be difficult to impossible unless the water level is low, such as in July and August. This is a lovely out and back hike that requires no specific turnaround – it can be as long or short as you would like.
If you go: Bring good boots or trail shoes, water, snacks or lunch. Layers of extra clothing and rain gear are always advisable in the mountains. A guide to native plants could make this a very interesting trip.
Driving Directions to the Trailhead: Take Highway 200 (east from Sandpoint) to Clark Fork. Turn north at the Chevron Station and follow Lightning Creek Road 419. At about 6.25 miles, you will cross Morris Creek. On the north side of Morris Creek is a small turnout. There is a small sign marker with the number #132 on it.