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Quartz Lake Loop Trail is a 12.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Polebridge, Montana that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Length 12.7 mi Elevation gain 2,621 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wildlife

Closed

No dogs

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

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Reviews (37)
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Recordings (32)
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Andrew Howery
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Kyrsten Mahoney
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This trail has great views of the three lakes. Beware that I have never seen so many mosquitoes in my life. We were completely covered with long pants and sweatshirts and mosquito nets over our faces. We still got bit threw our clothes. In addition there were 90 trees down. I do not suggest doing this hike unless you are ready for an extreme challenge with the down trees. I’ve never seen it that difficult. With that being said, we still had a great time. There is long bursts of up and downhill but the trail itself is pretty manageable for most people

Jon-Peter Lee
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We were told the 3.2 mile leg was a great choice to trek from bowman lake. We spent most of the time wondering if we were even in the correct place or not. Once we got to the lower lake we were very unimpressed...to say it the nicest. The park ranger did not give us any favor suggesting that this trail is so worthy of our time. I would re-hike avalanche lake twice over to this disappointment any day. On a positive note, we did get a nice heart rate pump. If you visit bowman lake, hike around the lake itself. It is beautiful and worthy of simply hanging out and enjoying the view.

Jeff Cacek
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Hiking

Quartz Lake campground is a piece of paradise. Go there to be. Just. To. Be.

Joshua Leasure
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Shelby Wright
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Hiking

Counterclockwise route is uphill and steep. Not outstanding views but the lake is worth it.

Maegan Forbush
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Hiking

It was recommended that we do this trail counter clockwise. Mistake number one. Going that direction, it feels like we spent the majority of our time going uphill. Most of the trail between Bowman and Middle Quartz is highly overgrown, and at parts we weren’t sure we were still on the trail. The biggest downfall was that, due to it being summer and the overgrowth, we were swarmed/consumed/eaten alive by all of the mosquitos in Glacier. We even reapplied big spray several times with little effect. Ignore the rec to take the trail counter clockwise and just hike in and out to Quartz Lake.

Colin Bingham
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Hiking

Good views at quartz lake, rest of the hike is mostly walking through the woods. From quartz lake to lower quartz lake we counted around 170 down trees, pretty tough navigating and trekking.

Matthew Hart
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Backpacking

Great moderate loop. The view at the Quartz Lake campground is worth the hike alone. Decent elevation but minimal vista opportunities - don't expect your climb to be rewarded with world class overlooks. If you're looking for an easy 2-day at GNP this is a great option. Feel is very similar to the Adirondacks, just looking up at larger mountains.

Drew Silvers
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Hiking

My girlfriend and I hiked in and out to Lower Quartz Lake, which was not a very lengthy hike. This trail was surprisingly steep in sections with up hill hiking going both directions. We found a TON of huckleberries right off of the trail about half way to the lake! Arriving at the lake was rewarding. I love how secluded this region felt when we ate our lunch to ourselves. This hike was very enjoyable, but definitely doesn't offer any CRAZY views hence my average rating.

Derek Jett
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Hiking

Bowman lake was beautiful. Mercantile at pole bridge - turnover pastry was top shelf! Long dusty drive to trail head. We went only to lower Quartz. The trail was overgrown with plants scraping our legs. No views. Felt stuffy and depressing. Lower Quartz lake and bridge and campground were beautiful. Will not do this one again.

Danielle D
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This is a very strenuous hike. We took the counter-clockwise route so we reached Lower Quartz first, then Middle, and Upper last. We were told this would be the less strenuous option however it felt like we were going uphill 2/3 of the time. Starts down, then back up to Lower; even ground between Lower and Middle and then up up up all the way past Upper where you get to a ridge line that affords you views of all three lakes. Didn't see many other people which was nice. Windy day and trees were exceedingly squeaky. Countless bear, mountain lion, elk and deer tracks but none spotted. Warning: the road to Bowman Lake is not paved and a slow and bumpy ride, but worth it for the solitude!

Mike Hein
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Hiking

Wonderful woodland hike. You start out at Bowman Lake, it was sleepy in the morning with a kayaker just departing on the glassy waters. The first stage of the day is a long, gentle climb up on the north side of the lower Cerulean Ridge. Birds, mountain lion tracks!, and towering trees are the highlights here. When you crest the ridge, the view you are rewarded with is special. Through the recovering post-fire forest, you see the three Quartz Lakes, blue jewels in a brown and green setting. The easy descent to the space between Upper and Middle Quartz lake is peaceful. The lakeshore is a perfect spot for lunch. The walk back to the foot of Lower Quartz lake, maybe 3 miles is rather mucky and a bit drab but the views of the lake from the foot are lovely. Lastly, the climb over the ridge is short but is a steep SOB at the end of a longish day and the final descent back to Bowman is very short but will be wearing on tired knees. We saw 2 people and heard 2 others all day.

sara hart
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Elad Bengigi
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Danny Shacham
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Emma Templeton
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Paul Jansma
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Carrie Sands
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Branson Gilley
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Brandon Bowman
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Yury Turkulets
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Mary Velez
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