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Map of Pyramid Pass Trail - Seeley Lake, MT
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Map of trail system overview for Pyramid Lake (Southeast of Pyramid Peak) Begin at Pyramid Pass Trailhead (416)

Elevation: 7,290    Gain: 1790 feet
Length: 4 miles (one way)
Trail Begins: End of forest road 4381
Trail Ends: Pyramid Pass on Flathead Divide
Pyramid Pass Trail 416

Pyramid Pass Trail #416 is a popular mainline access route into the subalpine country and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Outfitters and recreation horse parties frequent this trail thoughout the summer. Hikers are reminded that stock animals are easily spooked when approached in the backcountry.

Pyramid Lake is located over the pass and within the boundaries of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This is a 10 acre lake at 6927 ft. elevation. From the wilderness boundary sign, stay on the main trail #416 for about .25 miles (you'll be heading downhill) - a trail heading to the lake will be on the North (left) and is not signed but will used and easily visible. Continue on this side trail an additional .25 miles to Pyramid Lake.

Pyramid Peak, located northwest of the Pass, provides an opportunity for the hiker who cannot resist a challenge. There is no maintained trail to the summit of Pyramid Peak. Hikers attempting this climb should be equipped with a topographic map and compass, and be prepared for a steep, rocky scramble.
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Close-up Map of Pyramid Pass Trail - Pyramid Peak, Pyramid Lake, Seeley Lake, MT
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Close-up map showing location of the Pyramid Pass Trail south of Pyramid Lake. The Pyramid Pass Trail (416) and the Blackfoot Divide Trail (278) intersect east of Pyramid Lake

Area Map: Lolo National Forest Visitors Map
Phone: 406-677-2233
USGS Map1: Morrell Lake & Crimson Peak
USGS Map2: Morrell Mountain  Township 17N; Range 14W; Section 3
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo/
Lolo National Forest, 3583 Highway 83, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

Graded access road, FR 4381, to the new bridge up ahead which crosses Morrell creek on the way to Morrell Falls trailhead and Pyramid Pass trailhead as it appeared 5/11/17.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17. Looking east across the new wooden bridge crossing Morrell Creek on FR 4381 on the way to Morrell Falls trailhead and Pyramid Pass trailhead as it appeared 5/11/17.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17. Looking south (downstream) from the new bridge crossing Morrell Creek as it appeared on May 11, 2017.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17.

Graded access road, FR 4381, to the new bridge up ahead which crosses Morrell creek on the way to Morrell Falls trailhead and Pyramid Pass trailhead as it appeared 5/11/17.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17.

Looking east across the new wooden bridge crossing Morrell Creek on FR 4381 on the way to Morrell Falls trailhead and Pyramid Pass trailhead as it appeared 5/11/17.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17.

Looking south (downstream) from the new bridge crossing Morrell Creek as it appeared on May 11, 2017.  The bridge and forest have sustained heavy damage in the Rice Ridge fire.  The bridge never opened and will already require rebuilding.  No public pictures are available of this area since the fire is still active as of 8/6/17.

Pyramid Pass Trailhead parking lot looking north - near Seeley Lake, MT Map of Pyramid Pass Trail (416) - near Seeley Lake, MT Pyramid Pass Trailhead (416) information signs as they appeared on May 16, 2017
Pyramid Pass Trailhead #416 Parking Lot and horse corral looking south Pyramid Pass Trail 416 Sign - near Seeley Lake, MT C.B. Rich - Cowboy, Outfitter and Poet Sign at the Pyramid Pass Trailhead near Seeley Lake, MT
Pyramid Pass Trailhead (416) Parking Lot and horse corral looking south

Pyramid Pass Trail (416) Sign at the beginning of the trail as it appeared on May 16, 2017C.B. Rich - Cowboy, Outfitter and Poet Sign at the Pyramid Pass Trailhead

C.B. Rich - Cowboy, Outfitter and Poet Sign at the Pyramid Pass Trailhead

Road 4381 to the Pyramid Pass Trailhead looking down at the new bridge crossing Morrell Creek near Seeley Lake, MT Pyramid pass trail (416) blocked by fallen trees and the snow beyond on May16, 2017 near Seeley Lake, MT
"Leave No Weeds" Sign at the Pyramid Pass Trailhead

Road 4381 to the Pyramid Pass Trailhead (416) looking down at the new uncompleted bridge crossing Morrell Creek on May 16, 2017.  The Rice Ridge fire has burned the forest in this area and the bridge sustained heavy damage and will require rebuilding.

Pyramid pass trail (416) blocked by fallen trees and snow beyond on May16, 2017.  This area has since burned up in the Rice Ridge fire.

Sign at Pyramid Pass, National Forest Boundry - Lolo Flathead Seeley Lake, MT No name lake nearby Pyramid Lake on the Pyramid Pass Trail 416
View from Pyramid Pass Trail 416, Seeley Lake, MT View from Pyramid Pass Trail 416, Seeley Lake, MT On Pyramid Pass Trail 416, Seeley Lake, MT
Bob Marshall Wilderness Boundary on Pyramid Pass Trail 416, Seeley Lake, MT Lake on Pyramid Pass Trail 416, Seeley Lake, MT

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