Morrison Jeep Trail

5/5 (7 reviews)
Cody, Wyoming (Park County)
Last Updated: 07/14/2022
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Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (7 reviews)
Ryan Boudreau
Official Crew
79550
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 07/14/2022

The trail only partially open, on the north end only between waypoints 9-6. This is due to severe flooding damage in June 2022 that washed away the beginning of the trail and created some rock slides on the switchbacks. Visit the Forest Order here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/shoshone/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5175892&width=full.
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - Ryan Boudreau
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Well, if you had any plans to come up the Morrison Jeep Trail this year I would cancel them. With all this moisture we had huge rock slides on 10 switchbacks. This is going to be a major fix and have been told it will not even be worked on this year and closed. The pictures do not do justice to the damage of the road.
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - James G. (Wy_Overlander)
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - James G. (Wy_Overlander)
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Todd
Official Crew
103150
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 02/28/2022

Officially closed for the season!
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/05/2021

Awesome day for sure. We left Cody at 7:15am, drove the full trail, went down the Beartooth Highway to the Chief Joseph Highway and was back in Cody by 3:15pm. I used exactly half a tank of gas in a 2018 JL. Trail was fairly quiet, I could see a few vehicles show up at the bottom of the switchbacks while looking down from the top.
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Morrison Jeep Trail - Marcus Trusty
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/31/2020

Wow! This is an amazing trail! The switchbacks are certainly a bit of a challenge and extremely steep. Just focus on the road ahead rather than the edge. I made it up without using my lockers with no problem. Toyota's atrac system was really made for this trail. Being locked makes steering difficult, and these switchbacks are all about steering. Remember that there is A LOT MORE to this trail than the switchbacks!! A lot more. By the end of the trail in Montana at the Beartooth highway, the switchbacks were a distant memory, it almost felt like I had done them on a different day on a different trail.

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