Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ovando, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles 613 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

The trail is easy yes but there are a lot of exposed tree roots and a fairly steep section of trail so I would recommend leaving the strollers at home! Watch for horses in the summer and the occasional bicyclist.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome hike. Spring is the best time. less bugs and the falls are spectacular

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Not strenuous. About 6 miles or so round trip to the water falls which were awesome. Bear country but no signs today, the berries weren't quite ripe yet though. Our 9, 6 and 4 year olds had fun on this hike even with getting rained on the whole way back.

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful, easy hike... not steep or very difficult. A few areas where there is an incline. Falls are very beautiful! A lot of traffic on the trail when we went, but still a sight!

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun hike to a beautiful waterfall, trail was packed with people. Pretty easy with very little short spurts of intermediate hills. Loved it. Dog loved it. Great hike!

4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes - absolutely breathtaking

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome!!

hiking
4 months ago

it was so great. i think one of the best hikes i have ever been on. so pretty and pretty moderate.

hiking
4 months ago

Rated as moderate, but I would call it easy. It is a good family hike. Great places to stop and relax along the way. Don't forget bug spray and bear spray. Morrell Creek drainage is known for grizzly bears.

5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

A day-hike that is suitable for all skill levels, Morrell Falls lets you experience several different aspects of a forest. From tight-in trees, to marshy open areas. Starts out rather dry, then very moist as you approach the falls. Depending on time of year, the volume of water over the falls will vary. With high water in the spring, you can also count on the roads being muddy as well. Lastly - mosquitoes are HORRIBLE in June and July.

mountain biking
1 year ago

6ish miles from parking to the falls. Beautiful woods and the water features are a wonderful surprise as you go along the trail. The tree roots are plentiful and large. We rate this trail better than moderate for bikes and moderate for hikes. Kids would not enjoy a bike ride here, but a hike would be fun. The falls are worth every hard earned pedal and step of the one mile elevation change. The round trip took us about 2.5 hours on our bikes.

hiking
1 year ago

The falls were perfect when we were there. It was an easy hike for me but maybe moderate for others. We had it all to ourselves late in the day. We only saw one other small group the entire time. We really enjoyed it.

hiking
1 year ago

Great day hike.

hiking
1 year ago

The trail itself is a nice hike, but not much to see along the way until you get to the lake. The lake is a nice place for a break before moving onto the falls. There's even a couple sweet camp spots with firepits right where the trail comes to a T with an arrow to the left for the waterfall. The waterfall is prettier than I expected. A family at the waterfall told us you could follow the stream from the waterfall back to the lake and the trail, and that it was a good way to see moose or bear, but that route has a ton of fallen trees and requires scrambling - something we weren't going to do with two young kids in tow. The previous reviews all mention bugs, but the bugs weren't bad at all when we went (August) except for a couple annoying flies, but I'm assuming the bugs are much worse earlier in the seaon.

hiking
1 year ago

One for the whole family. Easy trail. If you don't want the crowds, go in the fall! Impressive waterfall and plenty of places to picnic once your there. Don't forget the bug spray on this one!

hiking
2 years ago

This was well worth the effort for someone who is new to the distance hiking experience, especially this time of year. The falls were raging beauty. Only down side were the mosquito's. forgot the bug spray so that was a little annoying but other than that it did not disappoint!

mountain biking
2 years ago

A nice short trail for mountain biking. It starts out flat and smooth and then turns into rolling hills with plenty of roots. All the pictures I uploaded were from late summer 2013. Fun fact: when you get to the lake/clearing just before the falls (pictured above) if you yell loudly you can hear a nice echo come back at you from the mountainside. And as the other reviewer said, this is bear country. Take some bear spray.

hiking
3 years ago

It is easy, and it is beautiful, but it is also very well used and there are many dogs off and on leash which bugs me alot. Realize this is personal but if you have little kids it is worth considering.