We would call this a 2.5 mile ridge line trail. Unless you like hiking up a forest service road, drive up to the fire lookout and park your Jeep in the pullout, then ascend to the north on the ridge line path to the proper summit of Mt. Morrell. Always keep to the ridge line. Don’t be lured off to go cross-slope, and you’ll make it, after a couple ups and downs, to the summit at 8130’. You can see extensive fire damage from the 2017 lightning strike fire, which burned for 3 months, torching 160,000 acres. You can see the snow-capped Mission Mountains. Moderate hike.

horseback riding
6 months ago

awesome views. I did the 58 mile loop from benchmark to Indian Point and stayed at uppermost point of Burnt creek. Day 2 we traveled up to the wall and down Moose creek drainage crossing the North fork of the sun and camped south of Cabin Creek. Day 3 we came past the Bear Lake trail and into Pretty Prairie then took the lower trail back up to Benchmark.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great trail and route to see Chinese Wall. Prairie Reef trail is also a highlight if you have time for great views.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Did an out and back starting at Benchmark with my 73 year old dad and 2 dogs in 4 days and about 80 miles. It was hard in sections where there was little shade (starting at about mile 3 where the forest was burned). Make sure to fill up enough water when you cross rivers and creeks. It was absolutely beautiful and well worth the work. Horses use this trail frequently, and it was dusty. Great camp spots along the side, about every 3-5 miles.

hiking
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Best hike in Montana hands down. The trip takes 4 days minimum, mostly because it is to beautiful to not take you're time.

hiking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

Hard to get there, not a hard hike once you're there. Beautiful. I went from South to north along the main section of the Chinese Wall, ending at Larchhill Pass. Be careful if you do this, you can't camp in the shadow of the wall and after Larchhill Pass, there isn't really anywhere to camp for 3 or more miles. The river at the bottom of Larch hill pass is also dry some of the time, so make sure to bring plenty of water.

But, no better hike in the wilderness.

backpacking
5 months ago

Thursday, July 20, 2017