Nez Perce/Lewis and Clark Trail

A Visit to Lolo Pass

The next time you stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, we hope you’ll have time to visit Lolo Pass. This ancient trail along the crest of the Bitterrroot Mountains has been traveled for hundreds of years. The Nez Pierce and the Salish used it to travel to hunting and fishing grounds. Lewis and Clark followed the trail on their way to the Pacific. Today, many hikers walk it to experience the beauty of the Bitterroot Mountains.

Bitterroot Mountains Early AM

The beautiful Bitterroot Mountains.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even scenic drives can create a strong appetite. Not far from Lolo Pass is the Lumberjack Saloon, a place that has been serving great food, drinks, and music for more than 30 years. The saloon is built from enormous logs, and is located on a beautiful piece of ground. It’s a great spot to refresh oneself after a day on the trails around Lolo.

It’s also a fun place to listen to music. This month, see the Country Boogie Boys on April 14, Blue Collar on April 21, and Sho Down on April 28. The line-up for next month isn’t yet posted, but there will surely be live music every Saturday night at 9 p.m. There is also sure to be a bonfire.

Lolo Pass Montana

Lovely Lolo Pass.

Of course, you could just return to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast and curl up with a cup of cocoa or a glass of wine. If you’re in the mood for live music, turn on the old player piano or see if Elaine will pull out her guitar.

Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through these parts, and retracing their foot steps on the Lewis and Clark Trail is a great activity while you are staying at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Drive US Highway 12 from Missoula to Lewiston, which follows the original trail taken by the expedition. There are many signposts that tell the story of the explorers along the way. You will learn that Colt Killed Creek is so named because it is where members of the expedition were forced to kill a colt in order to survive. Fortunately, you can ask the innkeepers at your blue mountain bed and breakfast for a picnic basket, which you can fill in town.

Lolo Pass, one of the most treacherous mountain crossings in the whole of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is also the site of intersecting Indian Trails. The travelers in 1805 and 1806 were happy to soak in the Lolo Hot Springs, just as you will be today. You may also enjoy wandering through the DeVoto Cedar Grove, where the Lewis and Clark journals were first edited by Bernard DeVoto.

The scenery along the Lewis and Clark Trail is breathtaking at this time of year. We welcome you at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, where we think you will be considerably more comfortable than were those early, brave explorers.