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Jamie Mitchell reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

Did a little out and back, peaceful along the lake

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Mark Kirschmann reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

Hiked 8/3. Was about the second group there around 7:45. The lake was unbelievably quiet and still. We heard a loon calling and the echoes off the mountainsides. Only able to do a little of the trail and saw some recent bear scat. For our group the 20 minutes of silence and stillness was worth the drive up on its own. The drive and the stop in Polebridge made this a memorable morning!

Susan S reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Saw a black bear on the road into the lake. Only did about 1.5 mi up the trail due to time constraints. Lake is more beautiful than McDonald and seemed less crowded. The blue-tinged glacial water is beautiful and so clear.

Daniel Butters reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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Daniel Butters reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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pretty overgrown but the route I was told to take to get to the campground. No shade due to the old fire damage. Not many views of the lake. This trail can be done as a walk through but not much payoff. camping required permit.

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Jennifer Niles reviewed Appistoki Falls [CLOSED]
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Hiking

On the scenic point trail, if you’re going there you might as well take the shirt detour to see the falls. Might as well check everything out on your way up. Perfect trail for the kiddos short and easy, unless you are continuing up the mountain.

AllTrails User reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Trail is open. Nice easy stroll - less of a hike. Very limited parking. Loved Polebridge Merchantile.

Maria Alzona reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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For the record, we only hiked 3.0 miles out and back on Bowman Lake. It was not a very memorable hike. While the path is adjacent to the lake, there are surprisingly few views from the path. The trail was overgrown. If you are planning to do the 26 mile hike, I would rely on other reviews. I do agree that you need to stop by the General Store in Polebridge and try a Huckleberry Bear Claw.

Ricky Marksberry reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

This is a nice section of the park. I camped at the Bowman Lake Campsite for a backpacking trip. We took Bowman to Brown Pass, Boulder Pass, Lake Francis and back out at Bowman. I wouldn't hike this trail just for Bowman Lake. I would recommend it for a larger backpacking itinerary. You won't regret going to Lake Francis and/or Boulder Pass. Thats some of the best hiking I've done in any National Park. If you do make it to Bowman Lake, stop at the Polebridge General Store and get a Bear Claw. It's basically a huckleberry filled pastry, but its fantastic.

Terry Wright reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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Hiking

Not a difficult hike. Much if it is a little distance from lake so you don’t see a lot of great views. Some areas where you can trek down to the water. Recommend doing the Rocky Point section as it has some good views. I don’t think this hike is worth the time except if you have some time to burn.

Bruce K. reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Ned Skanchy reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Maggie Johnson reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

Great easy hike. You can go as far as you want since it’s an out and back - we did 5 miles each way. There are paths down to the lake in some areas to swim or have a nice lunch. Trail was a bit overgrown in spots. For the drive, there were rough gravel roads most of the way to get there.

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Michelle Sacco reviewed Redgap Pass Trail [CLOSED]
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Donald Ferrier reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Bowman lake trail to Hole in the Wall. Great views toward the end

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Donald Ferrier reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hike from paved campground trailhead to Bowman Lake campground. Very level & runs along lake edge

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Don Nord Jr reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

Really nice view. Little muddy in spots and there’s some bugs if you stop.

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Amie Torgison reviewed Redgap Pass Trail [CLOSED]
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A friend and i did the first part of this trail starting near Many Glacier to Lake Poia last weekend. We were really hoping to do the entire thing but couldn’t for time reasons. In hind sight i think starting at chief Mountain and heading down would have been the way to go for a few day trip. Let’s just start out by saying this is an incredibly beautiful trail. That being said, the first few miles of the trail were very muddy especially since it rained on and off all weekend, but definitely not a deterrent. The mosquitoes were thick at the campground but with bug wipes we were totally fine. The real issue were the bears! Unfortunately the ranger station did not inform us that the trail had just reopened due to high bear activity. We are very aware of being loud, clapping, yelling and keeping bear spray at hand and did all of this. There was a Grizzly at the beginning of the trail just as we started but at a safe distance... then maybe a mile before the lake we came upon a black bear suddenly 5 feet of the trail that ran off thankfully... then at the lake there was a sow and 2 cubs that lingered on the other side of the lake almost the entire time. Luckily there was a group of 6 guys camping there too and they were very loud in an attempt to keep them away. Despite the situation we came out alive with no battle wounds! The trail was incredible and the flowers and views are worth the stress!

David Wheeler reviewed Bowman Lake Trail
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Hiking

One of the best trails I've hiked! It just gets better & better from the end of Bowman, to brown pass then lake Francis! Outstanding views once getting up the pass all the way to Watertown & my last stop before starting back in kootenai lakes further ahead! One of the best six days I've spent & an excellent sample of glaciers Backcountry! any make for great destinations

Travis Bonnett reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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Hiking

Amazingly beautiful trail. Well worth the time.

Lisa Crawford Belcher reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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Hiking

I did not complete this trail. It runs above the lake, with limited views of the lake, but lots of views of the underbrush and old burned trees among the younger trees. Parts of the trail were overgrown and I wondered if I was on the right path at times as the mosquitoes had there way with me. I would recommend stopping at Rocky Point, the rest of this trail was underwhelming for me.

Peter Disbury reviewed Lake McDonald Trail
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This is a nice intro hike into the National Park, with an abundance of WILDFLOWERS, lake views, the mountains to the N.E offer nice photos too. Pretty easy stroll along the shoreline and you may get lucky and see a bald eagle along the shore. I like this as a post hike after a strenuous hike the previous day. It is a pretty easy hike.

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