Bowman Lake Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Bowman Lake Trail is a 26.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Polebridge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
26.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,090 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

3 months ago

It was cold. Wind was blowing hard. Not an ideal hike for this time of year. Still was beautiful though.

backpacking
5 months ago

A beautiful, quiet lake but the bugs are extremely bad. Huge flies and mosquitos infest this part of glacier and more than any other place I’ve stayed at. I’m a camper and normally not bothered by bugs, but these guys won’t leave you alone from morning to night.

If that doesn’t deter you, it’s definitely worth the trip out to this remote spot of the park. You can drive long, rocky road to get here or take a great backpacking trip.

backpacking
5 months ago

Day 1 we backpacked from Polebridge to Bowman Lake Campground. Very easy and flat 6 mile trek along Bowman Lake. Beautiful creek flowing through parts of the campsite and into the lake. Campground had plenty of spots for a refreshing swim, fishing and / or filtering water. There was a pit toilet in the campground.
Day 2 we backpacked from Bowman Lake to Brown Pass. Overall this was a difficult 7 mile hike. There were spots of thick overgrowth but the difficult part was the last 2 miles ---- 2000+ ft of elevation gain. We ate raspberries along the lower parts of the trail and there are incredible views as you get close to the top of the pass --- Be sure to stop and take it in! No water at the campsite but there were a few spots near the top / Brown Pass Campsite. Only a 2 mile trek to Hole in Wall from camp. Pit toilet located in the campground. Lot's of insects!
Day 3 we backpacked 13 miles from Brown Pass to Polebridge … We stopped for lunch at Bownman Lake campground.

7 months ago

Very buggy but well worth the views!!!

backpacking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

My buddy and I hiked out to the Bowman Lake campground. This is an enjoyable 7 miles out w/ minimal elevation, great for getting your hiking legs under you prior to tackling some of glaciers more intense trails. It's almost all green tunnel, with a few nice views over Bowman Lake looking up at the Continental Divide. Excellent beginner trail but pales in comparison to the rest of what Glacier has to offer.

backpacking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Hiked from Bowman Lake front-country campgrounds to Bowman Lake backcountry campgrounds on the first day. The trail was flat but nice along the water and took a little under three hours. The campground was just along the lake and great for relaxing.

On the second day of our trip, we hiked from Bowman Lake campground to Brown Pass -- about another three hours but the last 2/3 of a mile was difficult. That said, that part offered incredible wildfires and great views as it was more exposed. There is a water source about 1/4 mile in either direction of the Brown Pass campground.

Our third day, we hiked all the way from Brown Pass back to the front country. It was a bit of a slog but it was all downhill/flat so made for fast hiking. We did see lots of frogs on the way back.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The must! Absolutely beautiful views and not very hard hike.

hiking
Saturday, January 17, 2015

My buddies and I did the Bowman - Kintla Lake loop. A 38 mile loop that takes you up to Brown's Pass and Hole-in-the Wall. It is an amazing place to hike, and the back country campgrounds are pretty nice. I can't wait to make it back to Glacier National Park and do another back country hiking trip.

hiking
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hiked to Upper Bowman Lake campground 11/2010. Nice stroll along the side of lake with not many hills, took about 5.5 hours there and back with a lunch. Beautiful views of glacier and snow capped peaks surrounding east side of the lake. Got to backpacking/horse campground and the view further into the divide was beckoning for further exploration but time was critical. The drive to the trail head was one lane dirt road through Glacier's foothills . Awesome hike and not difficult.

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