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Snowshoe Falls
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There is no defined trail, but walking upstream from the turnout next to the highway for about 400 yards you will see and hear charming Snowshoe Falls. Located in Lolo National Forest just 4 miles from historic Lolo Pass.
From Lolo Montana drive west on US Highway 12, paralleling along Lolo Creek towards distant Lolo Pass. Just a half mile down the road is Travelers’ Rest State Park, an ancient Native American campsite used by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and on their return trip in 1806. Lolo Hot Springs, 25 miles up Highway 12 is a great place to soak and relax. Almost to the pass, at mile marker 5, is a highway turnout which is where can park. Walk on the creek side of the guard rail to the falls. Be careful the highway here makes a sharp curve so there is limited visibility.
Travelers’ Rest State Park is the location of Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition campsite used in 1805 and 1806. This site was used for centuries by local Native American’s even before the Corps of Discovery camped there. In 2002. archeologist found confirmation of the groups’ latrine and main fire pit, marking Travelers’ Rest as one of the few sites in the nation with physical evidence of their encampment.

Fort Fizzle Historic Site Picnic Area is where in July 1877 volunteers from nearby Missoula, led by Captain Rawn from Fort Missoula, erected a wooden barricade to halt the advance of a band of Nez Perce headed by Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt or Chief Joseph. The Army gave Captain Rawn clear orders not to let the Nez Perce pass, but the barricade failed when the band climbed up a steep draw behind the ridge to the north and slipped by the soldiers. After the non- engagement the locals rather sarcastically named it Fort Fizzle. Chief Joseph later became one of the most famous Indian chiefs of western lore.

The Lolo Trail is a historic 200 mile plus stretch of tough mountainous terrain, that the Corp of Discovery followed for 11 tormenting days. Distressed from frostbite, malnutrition, and dehydration, the crew pressed on to the successful completion of crossing the Bitterroot Mountains. The Lolo Trail is a National Historic Landmark and is administered by the National Park Service.

Lolo Hot Springs is some 25 miles west of Lolo Montana on US Highway 12 is Lolo Hot Springs. Well known to the Native Americans way before Lewis and Clark pass through, it was a natural mineral lick for wild game and a place used by the Indians to meet and bath. By 1885, Lolo Hot Springs had become a favored vacation destination for families and sportsmen.

Lee Creek Campground (USFS) is 26 miles west of Lolo Montana on US Highway 12, sits at 4200 ft. elevation. There are 22 campsites, handicapped accessible toilets, potable water, trash pick-up, and a $10/day camping fee.

Earl Tennant Campground and Picnic Area (USFS), at 3850 ft. elevation, is 18 miles west of Lolo on US Highway 12. With segments of the historic Lolo trail nearby, there are 6 doublewide campsites and a large picnic area. It has handicapped accessible toilets, trash pick-up, fishing and a $8/day camping fee.

Lolo Creek Campground (USFS), at 3800 ft. elevation, is 15 miles west of Lolo Montana on US Highway 12. Paralleling the historic Lolo trail this campground has 17 campsites and 6 picnic areas. There are handicapped accessible toilets, potable water, trash pick-up, fishing and a $10/day camping fee.

Falls Information
Area: South West MT
Stream name: Lolo Creek
Stream size: Small Creek
Falls height: 20 ft.
Elevation: 4452
Latitude: 46.6755294799805
Longitude: -114.570320129395
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