To say that there are many hiking and photography options in the North Fork and Glacier National Park would be a massive understatement! There are so many sights to see during your visit, so here’s our recommendations.
Day Hikes and Overnight back-country hikes
Below are a few Day hikes and overnight back-country trails in the area that you may want to try out. Remember, never hike alone and always carry bear spray!
Akokala Lake Trail – Day Hike
Difficulty: Moderate | Distance: 11.7 mi. | Elevation: +2,070 ft
Akokala Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Bowman is the closest to North Fork Cabins. It’s also probably one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire park and definitely a must-see destination!
Just head on up to Polebridge and enter the park at the Ranger station. Bowman lake is roughly 6 miles from the park entrance and just under 12 miles from your cabin. Bowman offers many sight-seeing opportunities and hiking as well as canoeing/kayaking. And did we mention the views are just breath-taking?
Bowman lake is very popular (for good reason), and as a result, parking can become an issue as Bowman is a destination lake with only one way in and out. Please keep this in mind as you plan your visit!
Anywhere you go in the area is home to some potentially dangerous wildlife, so don’t forget to pick up some bear spray and don’t hike alone. Keeping conversation with a friend during a hike is a great way to keep from encountering and possibly startling a bear.
On your way back to the cabin, be sure to stop by the Northern Lights Saloon for some excellent food and beverages to really top off your day! Check out the Food and Dining tab on the left for more information.
For a more secluded adventure, Moose lake is a peaceful place for a nice stroll.