Numa Ridge Lookout Trail

HARD 26 reviews
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Numa Ridge Lookout Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,021 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike with fantastic views for the last mile and a quarter. The rest of the trail is in the woods with very little scenery. The trail is also overgrown so morning hikes will be soggy from the waist down. Once you clear the trees and get to the steeper section near the top the trail is worth the effort. The trail is rated "hard" and I agree. I did the 12 miles round trip (from parking lot at Bowman) in 4.5 hours which was pushing it hard. If you take your time it wouldn't be as tough.

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2 months ago

Relative to the effort the reward is just ok, not great. Positives: Not many people, nice views at top, comfortable well maintained trail. Negatives: Very buggy all the way including at the top, the lookout tower appeared to be closed to the public when we arrived - there was a chain across the staircase leading up to the lookout with a "privacy" sign. Also noticed several people in the tower - perhaps it was rented/reserved? Is this possible? So after a long hike, we never got to go up to the tower, sat outside under the the tower and got eaten alive by mosquitos and flies. Compared to other hikes in Glacier this is average at best

2 months ago

This was a somewhat tiring hike near the end, but a fun challenge. The signs at the beginning warn of the frequency of bear sightings so we made sure to talk (almost yell!) as we walked to keep the bears at a safe distance. We saw almost no people along the way and we were gifted beautiful views at the top. I only wish we had brought more food to enjoy during our lunch break looking out over the mountain ridges and lakes!

2 months ago

Views from the top are nice, but not amazing. not too hard, just long.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Gets a little difficult towards the end due to steeper elevation gain from the switch backs. However, the views at the top are totally worth it. Pack a lunch to relax at the top and enjoy the panoramic views before your hike down. From the top you can see Bowman Lake, Akokala Lake, and Long Bow Lake. Make sure to pack bear spray and make noise on the trail. A bear was sighted the day before we hiked this trail.

Also this is a great hike if you want to get away from the busy crowds. Didn’t see much people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike to Nina ridge lookout with the start being at bowman lake. There were two negatives for me personally and that was 1) the mosquitos (crazy) and 2) a lengthy dirt road to get to the trail. However that also allows you to go to Polebridge which is an exceptionally cool little town (if you can even call it that) with baked good that are to die for.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is long and has a steady incline until about 1.5 miles til the end, and then it gets very steep. GORGEOUS views at the top! Hiked on 6/5/18, lots of down trees and is pretty overgrown in some areas. Took about 3.5 hours to get to the top, and 2 hours to come down.

hiking
3 months ago

Tough trail. Lots of downed trees on trail required under, over around and through technique. Super views.

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

This is a tough hike as it's a steep uphill all the way. For me, that took three hours (and slightly less on the decent). The views of Bowman Lake and the surrounding area are fantastic, though, and this is a great day hike. We went during the day and were able to talk to the person in the fire lookout and get a quick lesson of his set-up and instruments, which was also cool.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Worth it

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Amazing hike. Views of bowman lake and rainbow peak. Highly recommend it, bring your bear spray.

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

Tough but worth it with stunning panoramic views at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Very nice hike. not very strenuous. Interesting area thru the hike. Especially the multiple areas of thick huckleberry patch you have to hike through. Keep the noise up and the bear spray handy.
The view from the lookout is incredible and well worth the hike.

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Great day hike- -less populated area of GNP. Awesome views from the lookout- - the 2900 foot elevation gain is nicely spaced over the 5.6 mile hike from Bowman Lake.

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