Myrtle Creek Falls

The trailhead to Myrtle Creek Falls is located just across the road from the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. A gentle trail switchbacks less than half a mile uphill to a viewpoint looking straight into the gorge and the cascading waterfalls.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 2.4 out of 5
Difficulty Moderate (some gentle uphill hiking)
Distance 1.1 miles
Duration 0:22 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 200 feet
High Point 2,041 feet (Overlook)
Low Point 1,800 feet (Trailhead)
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Asphalt, packed dirt
Water Myrtle Creek, but the Wildlife Refuge is probably an easier source
Status Wildlife Refuge
Administration Kaniksu National Forest
Permits None required
Conditions Excellent
Camping None
Maps USGS Moravia
Trailhead From U.S. Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry, drive west on Riverside Road (aka Country Road 18A) past the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge to the Refuge’s headquarters. The road will change name to West Side Road. The trailhead and plenty of parking are across the street (on the west side)

Google Directions (48.706429, -116.416036)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Fabulous
Features Waterfall, Grove
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 81.8 miles
  • Lewiston 195.4 miles
  • Sandpoint 36.2 miles
  • Seattle 386.0 miles
  • Spokane 108.1 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date July 15, 2017

Bridge spanning Myrtle CreekThe first couple hundred yards of the trail, leading through a cedar grove to Myrtle Creek, are asphalt and handicapped-accessible. A new bridge spans the creek and then the packed-dirt single-track switchbacks gently uphill to a viewpoint with excellent views of the gorge and the plunging waters.

View from above. Its steep!A web of trails leads further uphill, above the falls, but the views really don’t get better up there. The drop-offs are extremely steep and the creek is hidded behind a curtain of shrubs. The view of the Kootenai River valley, however, is nice.

Enjoy this hike? Let us know in the comments below!

Trailhead
Trailhead
Asphalt trail through cedar grove
Asphalt trail through cedar grove
Bridge spanning Myrtle Creek
Bridge spanning Myrtle Creek
Myrtle Creek
Myrtle Creek
Placards on trail
Placards on trail
A number of switchbacks gently lead uphill
A number of switchbacks gently lead uphill
Myrtle Creek Falls gorge
Myrtle Creek Falls gorge
Upper and lower falls
Upper and lower falls
Lower falls
Lower falls
Upper falls
Upper falls
View from above the falls
View from above the falls
View from above. Its steep!
View from above. It’s steep!
Upper falls
Upper falls
Kootenai valley
Kootenai valley
Trailmap
Things to Consider

  • Spend some time at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, home of 45 species of mammals and more than 230 birds.


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