Decent trail if you are looking for seclusion and want to crush some miles. Beautiful panoramic views of the Whitefish range once you hit the ridge line but pretty boring on the way up. Saw some bear signs and got attacked by the skeeters but not overwhelming if you keep moving. Not sure I’d go out of my way to tackle this trail but not a bad way to kick off the day if you happen to be camping on McGinnis Creek or in the area.

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bugs
over grown
5 days ago

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

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bugs
over grown
scramble
5 days ago

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.

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bugs
over grown
8 days ago

For the record, we only hiked 3.0 miles out and back on Bowman Lake. It was not a very memorable hike. While the path is adjacent to the lake, there are surprisingly few views from the path. The trail was overgrown. If you are planning to do the 26 mile hike, I would rely on other reviews. I do agree that you need to stop by the General Store in Polebridge and try a Huckleberry Bear Claw.

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blowdown
bugs
no shade
9 days ago

The road is not closed until July 1 like previous reviewer says. We completed on June 23 and road was all the way open. This was a great little trail! Definitely not nearly as steep as some USFS trails, but definitely a lot of trees down. First mile and a half climbs up the side of a mountain where it then levels off and you have a long, enjoyable ridge walk. Lots of wildflowers, some rocky terrain, and one more steeper push to the summit. Really stunning views of the whole valley from Great Northern, Saint Nick, Hungry Horse and the whole Flathead. Really loved this one! Side notes: completed on June 23 and still some small but very manageable snow patches near the summit. Also, saw mountain lion and bear scat so have bear spray!!

It’s Open! Great serene little hike for the kiddos. A little un-maintained with spring brush towards the end. Lots of wildflowers. A curious deer followed us down the trail for quite some time. Crazy echo across the lake.

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

This is a nice section of the park. I camped at the Bowman Lake Campsite for a backpacking trip. We took Bowman to Brown Pass, Boulder Pass, Lake Francis and back out at Bowman. I wouldn't hike this trail just for Bowman Lake. I would recommend it for a larger backpacking itinerary. You won't regret going to Lake Francis and/or Boulder Pass. Thats some of the best hiking I've done in any National Park. If you do make it to Bowman Lake, stop at the Polebridge General Store and get a Bear Claw. It's basically a huckleberry filled pastry, but its fantastic.

Good two day backpacking trip. The waterfall is the coolest part of the whole thing. If you don't wanna do the 24 miles atleast make it to the waterfall, that could just be a day hike.

Swans on the lake, nice fall color, shade most of the way. Well kept up dirt trail. Lovely open meadow to the east of lake with aspen border.

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muddy
9 months ago

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muddy
9 months ago

Great easy hike. You can go as far as you want since it’s an out and back - we did 5 miles each way. There are paths down to the lake in some areas to swim or have a nice lunch. Trail was a bit overgrown in spots. For the drive, there were rough gravel roads most of the way to get there.

Great day hike to a grand view from an old look out point. The lookout has fallen over but provides a great historic backdrop to group photo. Trail goes through lush forest lower down with abundant huckleberries to pick and enjoy. Trail is narrow but in good shape. Steady and gentle assent except at the very beginning and at the top. The climb up the final ridge is steeper and in more open subalpine terrain. The views from the ridge and the lookout are awesome. Trail splits when you reach the ridge and you can hike one direction to the old lookout or the other direction to a patrol cabin. This is a remote hike where we didn’t encounter any other hikers or vehicles on the road once we left the North Fork road. Good turn around at end of road where trail starts from. A friend drove their sprinter camper van in and was able to turn around.

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

Good little hike. Lots of bugs so wear bug spray. Two swans live at the lake and it’s very pretty. There is no sign along the road to the trailhead but you park at the pullouts along Lone pine prairie and can see the sign that makes the trail.

Bowman lake trail to Hole in the Wall. Great views toward the end

Hike from paved campground trailhead to Bowman Lake campground. Very level & runs along lake edge

Ok. It isn’t a top ten type trail but FOR WHAT IT IS, it’s a nice trail. Easy. Short. In the shade most of the way with a pretty ending. We saw two swan and two lions on the lake. It is very peaceful with lots of wildflowers and butterflies. And of course stopping for huckleberry bear claws in Polebridge is iconic. We enjoyed it. It isn’t for due-hard hikers who want a challenge. It is probably the most remote trail we have ever done.

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bugs
over grown
11 months ago

Awesome trail and awesome campsite.

Really nice view. Little muddy in spots and there’s some bugs if you stop.

We were hoping to go up to Bowman Lake but the Bowman Lake parking lot was full at 11:00 in the morning and so the park ranger suggested Hidden Meadows. The hike went through the woods almost all the way until we got to an open meadow with a pond. If you decide to go on this hike you need to bring lots of bug spray. The pond was disappointing because there was absolutely nowhere to sit down and have lunch. We’ve been on three other hikes in Glacier National Park and this was far and away the most disappointing. I would not recommend this hike. I’m not one that normally gives bad reviews at all, but I have no idea why some of the other reviewers gave it four stars and five stars. Maybe just different expectations, so use your judgment. It’s not that long if you “do” decide to do it.

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