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The Lolo Trail at Howard Creek and Lee Creek

Missoula Montana

Listing Type: National Forest Day Area
City: Missoula Montana
Region: Glacier Country

More than a simple path, the Lolo Trail is a network of trails that formed a vital travel corridor across the northern Rocky Mountains for early inhabitants. Unlike modern routes, the Lolo Trail was not built. Repeated footsteps of American Indian travelers created the trail. Its exact location was passed from generation to generation, through oral and traditional practices still used today.

We invite you to explore two sections of the original trail, one at Howard Creek and the other at the Lee Creek campground. Imagine you're one of the first travelers on the original 'superhighway' across the remote and rugged Bitterroot Mountains.

Howard Creek is 18.5 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. At Howard Creek, there is a 0.4 mile loop that includes part of the original trail. The loop is short, but parts are steep and rocky. Be sure to wear appropriate footgear and be extra careful if it's wet or icy.

Lee Creek is 26.5 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. At Lee Creek campground, there is a longer section of the trail (Wagon Mountain Trail #300) that you can follow for 5 miles to the Idaho state line.

Directions: The Lolo Trail at Howard Creek and Lee Creek is easy to find. From Missoula, travel 9 miles on US Highway 93 south to Lolo. At Lolo, turn west on US Highway 12. From the junction, Howard Creek is 18.5 miles and Lee Creek is 26.5 miles.

The Lolo Trail at Howard Creek and Lee Creek
Lolo National Forest, Missoula, MT 59804

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