Check online for historic fill times and status to know when to arrive for first-come, first-served campsites. With only 14 sites set in deep shade under large firs, it’s a great place to escape the crowds. There are a few trails, however, that due to their physical condition or unsuitability, are not available for stock use (see list below).It is a good idea to check on the status of river crossings, especially the Middle Fork of the Flathead. Bring your own firewood; collecting wood is prohibited. From this point, the trail is closer to the water; the open understory allows for more regular views of the water. By Becky Lomax, author of Moon Glacier National Park, Recommendations from the African Diaspora. For RVs seeking a dump station, find the closest west-side one at Apgar; Rising Sun Campground has a dump station on the east side. Shared sites ($5 pp) accommodate hikers and bikers with bear-resistant food storage. Illecillewaet has level campsites, flush toilets, a log kitchen shelter and food lockers for cyclists. A seven-minute walk or a few-minute drive connects with the boat tour and rental dock. My friend and I are thinking about doing the 35 mile Brown & Boulder Pass hike in mid-September. Location: 48.9574012756348, -114.052909851074. Midsummer, they fill up by 8am-9am. © Charlie Williams, Looking to the southeast over Brown Pass toward the Hawksbill. Trails connect to Quartz Lakes, Numa Lookout, Akokala Lake, and up Bowman Lake to Brown Pass. © Charlie Williams, A view of Bowman Lake from the shore near the campground area. In the opposite direction, there's a beautiful campground and trail near the Palisade Mountains and Glacier. Midsummer, the campground can fill by 9:30am. The junction campground is .1 mile to the left. A classic trek in Glacier National Park, this 14.7-miler crosses the Continental Divide, skirts turquoise pools, and skims wildflower fields. From here, it's a thimbleweed-flanked, switchbacking, 3,250-foot descent toward Upper Kintla Lake. This 7,470-foot pass is the route's high point and the trip's halfway point. Many of the sites are situated right on the water, and the space between sites keeps accommodations feeling very private. The first day follows Bowman Lake's flat shoreline and day two climbs 2,200 feet, touching the Continental Divide before settling into a hanging valley. In the 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road, five campgrounds stretch along the corridor, but none sit in the high alpine Logan Pass section. Look east for a view of Hawksbill and an alternate eastern approach toward Boulder Pass. Two tiny campgrounds flank the Inside Road in the woods south of Polebridge. Arrive by midafternoon to allow plenty of time to go elsewhere if either campground is full. Only 13 sites can handle RVs up to 32 feet. Apgar Campground (Apgar Loop Rd., 0.4 mile from Going-to-the-Sun Rd., 406/888-7800, Apr.-Nov., $20) is within a short walking distance of Apgar Village, Lake McDonald, and the shuttles. Kayakers and canoers have lakefront access, and beach sunsets rank as spectacular. Parking for the Bowman Trailhead is along the main campground road next to the self registration bulletin board. In winter, you can camp free at the plowed Apgar Picnic Area. From the picnic area, a five-minute walk down the road, trails depart to Lake Josephine and Grinnell Lake, Grinnell Glacier, and Piegan Pass. A short-but-steep climb up to the near side of Brown Pass. From the campground, the trail cruises an overcrowded forest (a product of the no-burn forest management policy) for 1.5 miles before a short, sharp 300-foot climb from the lakeshore. © Charlie Williams, Views of the lake from the Boulder Pass Trail. If campgrounds are full, oversize RVs must backtrack, because vehicles over 21 feet cannot travel the Sun Road between Avalanche Campground and Sun Point. This is a popular site for anglers heading to Logging Lake. The summit of Mount Brown offers excellent views of much of the Park. A pit toilet is there. A few sites can fit RVs up to 35 feet, but most fit RVs only up to 21 feet. Where to Ride. Name: Blankenship Bridge SW or Middle Fork Flathead River. © Charlie Williams, Named for Louis Agassiz, the "Father of Glaciology," look for the glacier as you descend toward Upper Kintla Lake. You'll pass the ranger cabin and a sign announcing the Upper Bowman Campground. The mountain is named for William Brown, the Solicitor General for … Brown’s Millpond Campground tel: 760-873-5342 More info. Bear right @ Y-junction on Boulder Pass (7,470 ft.). On the gravel beach and in the lake are remnants of the early 20th-century Butte Well. With 99 sites, the campground may have sites available later than those nearer Going-to-the-Sun Road, but it can fill up midsummer before 11am. The Brown Pass Campground is another option for nights one or two. It has running water, and a five-minute walk leads to the lakeshore and the boat ramp. Fish Creek Campground (end of Fish Creek Rd., 406/888-7800, June-early Sept., $23), one of two campgrounds in the park that can be reserved starting six months in advance (877/444-6777, www.recreation.gov), is one of the larger park campgrounds, with 178 sites tucked under cedars, lodgepole pines, and larches. Across the parking lot, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn has a restaurant, laundry, hot showers, and a camp store. Early September-October, Bowman and Kintla Campgrounds permit primitive camping ($10). © Charlie Williams, Excellent sandwiches and a post-hike brew await at the Polebridge Mercantile just south of the trailhead. Glacier View Campground The Glacier View Campground is located on the east side of Highways 395 and 168 at the north end of Big Pine. © Charlie Williams, Looking into Boulder Valley from the trail near the campsite. We use cookies to enhance your visit to us. In midsummer, the coveted Avalanche, Sprague Creek, and Rising Sun Campgrounds can fill up by early morning; all sites are first-come, first-served. Initial clearing scheduled: Winter Status 10/19/2020 per 256 . Nine hiking trails begin at the campground and the area is abundant in rail history. The trailhead for Boulder Pass is located at the Kintla Lake Campground at the foot of Kintla Lake. The Loop C restrooms were rebuilt in 2015. The westbound stretch of trail comes within 1.5 miles of the Canadian border and connects Upper Kintla and Kintla lakes as it skirts several burn areas below the Boundary Mountains and Starvation Ridge. Nearby trails depart for Red Rock, Bullhead, and Iceberg Lakes as well as Ptarmigan Tunnel and Swiftcurrent Pass. It perches on a point with huge views up and down the lake, plus outstanding night sky watching. There is a … Located 19 miles north of East Glacier off U.S. 89, Cut Bank Campground (406/888-7800, early June-early Sept., $10) is at the end of a five-mile potholed dirt road. The Butte Well was drilled in 1901 but never produced any oil. We cAmped there after getting turned around by 3 grizzlies a mile into the hole in the wall trail. The moist area sprouts thick patches of thimbleberries and sometimes a good collection of mosquitoes. © Charlie Williams. Midsummer, Avalanche can fill before 10am. From the Upper Kintla Campground to Kintla Lake is a 5-mile, mostly-flat trek through predominately Douglas fir and Engelmann spruce. At mile 17.2 you will reach Boulder Pass Campground, then .5 mile more is Boulder Pass. Eighteen campsites accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long; 62 sites fit RVs up to 27 feet. 55 sites are RV accessible and 5 sites accommodate Class A motorhomes. Keep in mind that most of the campgrounds within the park operate on a first-come, first-served basis—though St. Mary and Many Glacier accept some reservations starting six months in advance. All campsites are first-come, first-served. Lake McDonald Trail departs from the campground. A 0.1-mile spur trail leads north to the tent pads and food preparation area of Boulder Camp. Brown Pass (See map at bottom of page) The hike to Brown Pass (6,255 feet) is one of the premier hikes in Glacier National Park. Rustic and without hookups, they have flush toilets, fire rings with grills, disposal stations, shared hiker-biker sites ($5-8), amphitheaters for evening naturalist talks, and sites that accommodate large RVs. Loops C and D have the best sites, adjacent to the lake, although Loop B has some larger, more level sites. Bear left @ Y-junction for a 1-mile round-trip to Hole-in-the-Wall's popular campground. With seven campsites, Quartz Creek Campground (July-Nov., $10) sits six miles southeast of Polebridge adjacent to Quartz Creek. GBK008 Location: 48.950708, -114.035605 Though Brown Pass is 6,255 feet above sea level and on the Continental Divide, the climbing continues on the Boulder Pass Trail as the route turns west. Good shelter from the wind however. Adjacent to Rising Sun Motor Inn, the 83-site campground is a few minutes’ walk to a restaurant, a camp store, and hot showers. For the summer, make reservations (877/444-6777, $9 reservation fee) starting six months in advance. A trail crosses the St. Mary River on a wooden bridge to connect with the visitors center, St. Mary’s restaurants, shuttles, and shops, but it has no access to St. Mary Lake. From Lincoln Pass, you’ll be heading down to the Sperry Campground at mile 13.2. Nearing the north end of Bowman Lake is the campground spur trail. KIN010. I wouldn’t[…] 2019 Cyber Monday Sale! A picnic area provides day use visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful lunch, and there are day hiking opportunities near Bowman Lake for hikers eager to experience Glacier's wilderness. The short side-trip to the base of the glacial cirque is a worthwhile detour for lunch or camping. Can't afford a full week in Glacier? Generally, the trails of Glacier National Park are open to stock (i.e., horses, mules, donkeys), as well as foot travel. We flail around the campsite, trying not to be consumed. Stay to the right for Boulder Pass Trail, which descends moderately steeply into Hole in the Wall. You might spot western larch and wild roses near the trail and glimpses of the burn from a 2003 fire on the upper lake's far side. © Charlie Williams, This rusty hunk was an oil precipitator used to separate water from oil at wells. Hike through old-growth forests and climb 600 feet alongside a glacier-fed stream on this 4.7-mile out-and-back that ends on the shores of Avalanche Lake. The trail splits less than half a mile from the route's end. Accessibility: The road in is narrow and has multiple dips.We were able to navigate it without a problem, and in fact there was a 30’ class-A that was able to make it, but we recommend walking the path first to view the conditions. This section of Glacier National Park is known as the Polebridge- North Fork Area. Sprague Creek Campground (0.9 mile southwest of Lake McDonald Lodge on Going-to-the-Sun Rd., 406/888-7800, mid-May-mid-Sept., $20) is right on Lake McDonald’s shore in a timbered setting with shaded sites. The first and last are less significant than the middle one where there is a bridge under construction. Trail bends to the east, then southeast toward Brown Pass. You can also apply online for advance reservations starting in mid-March (www.nps.gov/glac, $40). It is near … National park or national forest campgrounds are the norm. Located 8.3 miles southeast of Polebridge, Logging Creek Campground (July-Sept., $10), adjacent to Logging Creek Ranger Station, has only seven sites. A sign up ahead marks the right-hand spur trail to Upper Kintla Campground. By using our website you agree to our use of these cookies. Find out more. Small, private campgrounds are minus hookups. The old Kintla patrol cabin precedes the middle Kintla Campground. First 5-6 miles trail mostly clear of trees and brush. The Polebridge Mercantile is the only nearby store, so stock up on your camping supplies there. The thick montane forest on the lake's north side is dominated by Douglas fir, but the brushy trail can be slick with black mud. Potable water will be unavailable at Logan Pass after Sept. 11. Hidden on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee, Glacier View Campground is a wonderful little gem that few people use. Glacier Pines is a pet friendly RV Park in Northwest Montana. You'll hike along the upper rim of the cirque, along the wall of a hanging valley, across a cairn-marked talus slope, and over several ledges en route to Boulder Pass. Stay to the right at this junction with the Numa Ridge Trail. A gravel beach on the lakeshore is also nearby (good place to dry gear). A few have prime waterfront. Cutting live timber is not permitted. As the smallest campground with only 25 sites accessed via a paved road, Sprague Creek does not allow towed units. © Charlie Williams, Cairn-marked talus slopes on the climb toward Boulder Pass. While the park prohibits firewood collecting in most places, including the campgrounds, you can collect dry, downed firewood on the Bowman Lake Road and the Inside Road to Kintla Lake. Special precautions required for proper food/garbage storage. Primitive camping (Apr. They have pit toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. Brown Pass Campground, a pleasant area set among windblown firs. and mid-Oct.-Nov., $10) has pit toilets available but no running water. Cell service is available at St. Mary campgrounds, but not in Many Glacier. Apgar Campground. From there, the hike is roughly 10 miles on Bowman Lake Trail to the ranger station and campground at the west end of the lake. Sites fill midsummer by 8am. Cross a stream. While Many Glacier has only one campground with no hookups, St. Mary has commercial campgrounds with hookups for RVs. Its 48 sites, the largest of the North Fork’s campgrounds, spread out under a mixed conifer forest. We offer an off leash dog park for our furry travelers and a BBQ deck area for guest use. Epic, glacial-era geology and rugged mountain views from the Continental Divide are the highlights of this 4- or 5-day point-to-point in Glacier National Park's northwest corner. Mount Brown is located just northeast of the northern end of Lake McDonald on the west side of Glacier National Park. While the 2015 Reynolds Creek Fire bypassed the larger trees in the lower campground, it left burnt trees on the hillside above the upper campsites. Will be back someday! Pick up required overnight permits in person at the Apgar Backcountry Permit Office (406/888-7859 May-Oct., 406/888-7800 Nov.-Apr., adults $7 pp/night) 24 hours in advance. Brown Pass The access to the high country from the Bowman valley in the North Fork region of Glacier National Park, is done by hiking along Bowman Lake, past Bowman Campground and up to Bowman Pass where it intersects the Boulder Pass Trail. On the west side, Apgar, Sprague Creek, and Avalanche offer more sites than Rising Sun and St. Mary on the east side. RVs can only be 25 feet. To find Fish Creek, drive 1.25 miles north from Apgar on Camas Road and turn right, dropping one mile down to the campground. Bring your own firewood; collecting it is illegal. Choose from any of the following campsites inside the park for the full Glacier experience. The inside-park campgrounds run by the National Park Service (406/888-7800) have flush toilets, dump stations, picnic tables, fire rings with grills, and running water. Although wide and safe, this short stretch of trail may challenge hikers fearful of heights. The Brown Pass Campground is another option for nights one or two. Located in the remote northern wilderness of Glacier Park, this amazing hike begins at the Bowman Lake Campground in the Polebridge - North Fork Area of Glacier … If the inside park campgrounds fill up, head to a commercial one in St. Mary rather than up Going-to-the-Sun Road to Rising Sun, which usually fills up first. As the most coveted campground in the park, plan to arrive by 7am to claim one of the first-come, first-served campsites in the front loops; back loop campsites are by reservation. Due to the lakeside location inside the park, away from highway and railroad noise, they are popular. Try this daylong sampler, a 5.2-mile hike that passes waterfalls and jagged peaks, climbing to an alpine lake pinched in by 3,000-foot walls. From Hole-in-the-Wall, return to this point and turn left, heading north. From the campground, a 6.8-mile rough trail with infrequent maintenance follows the creek up to Lower Quartz Lake. Bowman and Kintla Lakes are located at the northwest corner of Glacier National Park, and this horseshoe-shaped point-to-point connects them with an epic 39-mile trail over Brown and Boulder passes with an overnight stop in the stunning glacial cirque, Hole-in-the-Wall. The campground has pit toilets and no running water. There are 4 tent pads, a food prep, and fire area near the campground and a hitching post for stock animals nearby. RVs are limited to 26 feet. At the foot of Bowman Lake, Bowman Lake Campground (late May-early Sept., $15) is seven miles from Polebridge. © Charlie Williams, Thimbleberry alongside the trail is easily confused with the slightly lager-leafed Devil's Club. © Charlie Williams, With occasional live music and afternoon hours, this Polebridge destination is also worth a stop. For hookups, hit commercial campgrounds outside the park in St. Mary or West Glacier. Riverfront sites are 95, 99, and 100. In fact a fire lookout was constructed low on its southwest ridge in 1929 because of its vantage point. Shuttle logistics can be difficult, but consider leaving a car or bicycle here, or hiring a ride in Polebridge or another nearby town before your trip. Pack maximum Glacier highlights—densely stacked peaks, jewel-like turquoise pools, and blinding-white waterfalls—into three days with this 35.6-mile point-to-point from St. Mary to Two Medicine. Unfortunately, several sites also abut Going-to-the-Sun Road, with a nice view of cars driving by. Amenities include shuttle stops, flush toilets, cold running water, picnic tables, and fire rings with grills; bring your own firewood, as collecting is prohibited. The four campgrounds are buggy in June, serene in August, and closed in winter when the roads are buried in snow. Trail winds to the east above Boulder Glacier. If you are reading this on December 1st or 2nd, 2019, then lucky you! At 22 miles from Logan Pass, it has quick access to the high country, and it’s five minutes from Lake McDonald Lodge and the camp store. This kiosk displays trail info and campground regulations. The Boulder Pass campsite is approximately 17 miles from the Kintla Lake trailhead, 14 miles to Goat Haunt (and a further 8 by foot or by ferry to Waterton townsite), and 20 miles from the Bowman Lake trailhead; all of these routes gain considerable altitude along the way. But that’s precisely their attraction: Fewer people equals solitude and quiet. Brown Pass CG is not a good campsite, limited water and views. Bowman Lake Campground - Brown Pass/ 6.7 mi. The campground surrounds the calmer waters of small Pray Lake, a good place for paddling, fishing, or chilly swimming. The trail crosses 3 Pocket Creek branches just north of their convergence with Bowman Creek. © Charlie Williams, Helena limestone in the ravine near where Hole in the Wall Falls begins, has some excellent exposures of 1.1 billion year old stromatolites. Flush toilets, water, and a dump station are provided. KIN011. Happy camping! The mosquitoes atop Brown Pass are Alaska caliber, from remnant snow still buried in nearby avalanche debris from two winters ago. Location: 48.9626083374023, -114.076400756836. Keoughs Campground tel: 760-872-4670 More info If you require hookups and disposal stations, go to West Glacier or Columbia Falls. Two National Park Service-operated campgrounds flank Lake McDonald with sites under a forest canopy. Bring your own firewood; gathering wood in the park is prohibited. Back-to-back boat rides jump-start this dayhike to a glacier-fed lake in Glacier National Park. Brown’s Town Campground tel: 760-873-8522 More info. This gravely creek crossing leads to a clearing, then a recovering burn zone, and a hilly moraine. Four token-operated showers with lukewarm water are available. Located at the end of Many Glacier Road, Many Glacier Campground (406/888-7800, late May-mid-Sept., $20-23) packs 110 shaded sites into a treed setting at the base of Grinnell Point. These rustic camps are first-come, first-served. The ultra-quiet campsites can only fit very small RVs, and trailers are not recommended. Cross Kintla Creek on a bridge; ribbons and cairns mark the main trail. Bring water or haul it from lakes and streams to boil or purify. Glacier National Park Campground Status as of 6:10AM Mountain Time on 12-7-2020 : Current Campground Information for December 7 Mountain Time shown Highway 168 is the magical twisty road that lures you up to the oldest living organisms on earth. Located along the west side of Glacier National Park, the North Fork Area is the gateway to the great Northern Wilderness. If you don’t have reservations, plan to arrive early enough that if all the campsites are full, you can still drive back toward Bowman Lake. Trail curves to the north around Hole-in-the-Wall, a cirque formed by glaciers. The two southernmost sites have the best views and a cooking area fire pit, but the others are very secluded. Brown’s Owens River Campground tel: 760-920-0975 More info. Most of the parking pads are short and narrow, but a few can fit small RVs up to 21 feet. Set in a cedar-hemlock and fern rainforest, Avalanche Campground (at Avalanche on Going-to-the-Sun Rd., 406/888-7800, mid-June-early Sept., $20) opens its 87 sites for a shorter season than Sprague Creek. If bears frequent the campground, tent camping may be restricted, with only hard-sided vehicles allowed. Beach access is across Going-to-the-Sun Road, with a picnic area, boat ramp, and boat tours. Day three climbs another 1,100 feet to Boulder Pass and the route's high point at mile 17. Link wooded ridges and a glacier-scraped valley on this 11-miler in Glacier National Park that visits a quiet lake rimmed by rugged peaks. You'll find rugged landscapes and plenty of solitude on this 33.6-mile backpacking trip that visits a secluded lake at the foot of three rugged peaks. Pass over the lip of Hole-in-the-Wal before the trail near the campground surrounds the calmer waters of small Lake... 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