Morrison Jeep Trail

5/5 (9 reviews)
The Morrison Trail is an iconic trail that should be on your bucket list… if you can stomach very narrow shelf roads. This trail is for advanced drivers only. Once you start the climb up the switchbacks, there is nowhere to turn back if you decide it is too much for you. All of the switchbacks ar... Read More
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Highlights of Morrison Jeep Trail

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Highest Elevation
10176 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
07/16 - 03/31
Best Direction
North
Official Trail Name
120
Nearest Town
Cody
Nearest Services
Cody
Management Agency
Shoshone National Forest
District
Wapiti Ranger

Overview

The Morrison Trail is an iconic trail that should be on your bucket list… if you can stomach very narrow shelf roads. This trail is for advanced drivers only. Once you start the climb up the switchbacks, there is nowhere to turn back if you decide it is too much for you. All of the switchbacks are multiple point turns for anything but very small wheelbase rigs. You will be off camber while climbing tight switchbacks while your suspension is flexed. There is no room for error, no winch points if you get into trouble and you can literally hear the edges of the cliff crumbling away as you drive in some areas. The trail is most famous for the 28 switchbacks(or so depending on what you count). The panoramic views at the top are well worth the intense few hours it may take to climb up the side of the cliff. You begin along the Clarks Fork River and climb to the top of the Beartooth Plateau gaining 2,000ft of elevation in two miles. The Clarks Fork Canyon where you begin is the canyon that Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians traveled through in 1877 to escape the pursuing Army. The scenic byway to the south of the canyon is named after Chief Joseph and has a few interpretive signs along the drive.

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