Bowman Lake Trail

HARD 10 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.

26.2 miles
3090 feet
Out & Back



nature trips







wild flowers


no dogs

18 days ago

Very buggy but well worth the views!!!

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

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.

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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Monday, July 04, 2016