Follow in the footsteps of the early explorers along US Highway 12 from Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID. As you follow the same route that Lewis and Clark traveled, marvel in the rugged wilderness that the Corps of Discovery had to hack their way through. Consisting of thick timber and steep mountain climbs, this was by far the most difficult passage for the Corps. Stop for a picnic at Traveler’s Rest where the expedition camped from September 9 through 12, 1805 and again on their return trip June 30 through July 3, 1806. There is an interpretive sign near the junction of highways 93 and 12. Soak your bones at Lolo Hot Springs where the group camped and bathed on September 13, 1805 and June 29, 1806 and check out Howard Creek, just 18.5 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. A half mile loop includes part of the original trail. There are interpretive signs about Lewis and Clark’s expedition and Nez Perce and Salish tribes.

Travelers’ Rest State Park:

6717 Highway 12 West
Lolo, Montana
travelersrest.org

 

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