North Fork, Glacier National Park Hiking

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North Fork

Hikers visiting Glacier National Park’s North Fork area can enjoy great views of alpine lakes, serene mountain peaks, and wildflower and wildlife sightings on the way to or from various campgrounds. Read More

  • Covey Meadow Trail is an easy 3-mile roundtrip trail starting at Polebridge Park entrance and Ranger Station. 
  • Bowman Lake Trail is 14-mile roundtrip hike toward Bowman Lake, Browns Pass and some popular campgrounds. 
  • Logging Lake Trail is an easy 9-mile roundtrip hike that begins at the Logging Creek Ranger Station.


The North Fork area of Glacier National Park offers great hikes with wildlife, lake, and mountain viewing opportunities and features a range of distance and elevation to suit most hikers of average ability. A few of the popular hikes are featured here.

Bowman Lake Trail
Trail Overview: Keep an eye out for bears and other wildlife on this popular North Fork area hike toward Bowman Lake and Browns Pass.
Trailhead: Take Glacier Route 7 from Polebridge and start this hike at the trailhead located just north of the Bowman Lake boat launch on the north side. 

  • 14 miles roundtrip 
  • Easy to Moderate

Numa Ridge Lookout Trail
Trail Overview: This North Fork area trail is a detour option for those who start their journey at the Bowman Lake Trailhead. Along the way, enjoy Moose Pond and stunning views of Akokala Lake, Mount Carter, and Rainbow Peak.
Trailhead: Take the Bowman Lake Trail and head toward Numa Ridge about a half mile down the trail.

  • Almost 11 miles roundtrip
  • Moderate to Difficult due to steep areas and elevation climbs

Covey Meadow
Trail Overview: A North Fork family favorite, this hike is short, easy, and offers a lovely stroll through alpine meadows.
Trailhead: Park near the Polebridge parking area and begin hiking on a nearby hill.

  • 3 miles roundtrip 
  • Easy, rolling hills with minimal elevation gain

Logging Lake
Trail Overview: Enjoy a lakeside picnic after hiking through meadow and lodgepole forest on this easy North Fork area Glacier Park Trail.
Trailhead: Located about seven miles south of Glacier National Park’s Polebridge entrance, near the Logging Creek Ranger Station.

  • About 9 miles roundtrip 
  • Easy, with less than a 500-foot total elevation gain

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