Mileage: 8 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Major Hike Features: If you’re looking for something a little more easy-going in the Scotchmans, Morris Creek Trail #132 has you covered with a modest elevation gain. You’ll travel along Morris Creek through a dense cedar forest filled with berries, mushrooms, wildflowers, and other forest wonders. The one thing to keep in mind is the creek crossing — it can be difficult or impossible in Spring or early Summer when the water levels are high. Explore this trail from July through November for an easy crossing.
Just remember to come prepared. You’ll want to bring:
- Plenty of water. There is no water along the trail and the first two miles is on a mostly exposed and sunny slope.
- Hiking Poles. The trial is steep with loose rock.
- A map. The trail can be hard to find sometimes.
- Long pants. Overgrown brush, downed trees, can be abundant in early summer before our volunteer trail crew clears the path.
- A trowel to do your business and a bag for your trash. There is not a bathroom at the trailhead so you’ll have to bury your business and pack out your toilet paper.
Directions to 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.
GPS Coordinates: 48.223627, -116.115430