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Nyack-Coal Creek Loop

HARD 5 reviews
#103 of 136 trails in

Nyack-Coal Creek Loop is a 42 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 42.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,927 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

no shade

hiking
muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

We went up Coal Creek trail and camped at the Coal Creek campground and then at the Beaver Woman Lake Campground—then we hiked back, so this information only applies to about the first half of the loop. It’s both tough and fantastic. The first water ford (getting to the Coal Creek trail from the road) is very tough. Be careful to have trekking poles or a walking stick and unbuckle your hip and chest straps on your backpack. Water shoes are a must because the first 16 miles or so up Coal Creek feature about 8 water crossings. The trail stays on the mountain quite a bit, so there’s some significant up and down that makes it slower going than you’d think. Parts of the trail towards Surprise Pass have a lot of vegetation covering them, but if you are careful it’s not too hard to stay on the trail. Water is available frequently along that part of the trail. We brought two liters of containers per person and brought water purification with us and had no trouble at all. The trip is totally worth it—take the time to go up to Beaver Woman Lake. Bring your strongest bug spray. You won’t regret it!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Very remote and lots of burned areas but worth it to get away from everyone

hiking
1 month ago

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