Bowman Lake Trail – 14 miles round trip.
Glacier National Park
Bowman Lake Trailhead is located on the north shore of Bowman lake,
north of the boat launch.
Bowman Lake campground is located in the North Fork area of Glacier National Park approximately 32.5 miles from the west entrance, and 30 miles from the Canadian border. The drive to Bowman Lake is a very slow, dusty, and bumpy ride on dirt roads, and passes through the tiny community of Polebridge. The campground is located close to the shore of Bowman Lake and camp sites are within the trees for shade and privacy. Tent campers looking for peace and quiet will enjoy Bowman Lake for it's serenity and remote location.
Near the trailhead we stopped on the beach to examine the flat green
and red stones on the lakeshore. Skipping some of them across the
lake water setting the mood for a great day. Next is the Bowman Lake
ranger station located in an old well-kept log building that was
built in the 1920’s and was once used as a lodge. It is worth a stop
to look around.
The morning air is fresh and some squirrels are chattering in the
thick forest as we begin our hike. Underneath the forest canopy are
ferns, a variety of wildflowers in white, yellow and purple and
mosses in different shades of green. There is an abundance of
wildlife and birds and a doe and her fawn cross the trail ahead of
us. Bears are known to inhabit the area but we didn’t see any this
day. We take advantage of the frequent access points to the lake and
enjoy the view of the towering mountains surrounding us. We
encounter many hikers on this popular trail, some are strolling
leisurely and others seriously heading out at a fast pace. Some stop
to talk and we ask them where they are from and are they hiking the
whole trail or a part of it. One couple asked us to take their
picture with the lake as a background. Stopping for lunch at one of
the lake access points we photograph the mountain reflections in the
lake and also the nice scene of the lake, mountains, blue sky,
fluffy white clouds and lush forest around it. As we eat our
sandwiches we sit quietly taking in the serene silence of the
moment. Continuing on the lakeshore we enjoy a pleasant sighting of
on osprey, not uncommon for this area. We finally make it to the
campsite near the head of the lake. Pleasant surroundings for a
camp, here you can view Square Peak, Rainbow Peak, and Mount Carter
across the lake. You can camp for the night or continue on with the
Browns Pass Option. Deciding we are getting tired we head back,
taking the time to examine and photograph some of the wildflowers
along the way. Although we didn’t continue on with the hike to Brown
Pass, we did have a wonderful day.
Bowman lake, the beginning for many hikes in Glacier National Park.
Numa Ridge Lookout
Trail junctions .07 miles from beginning of the
trail. Bowman Lake Head Campground is located at 7.1 miles from the
trail head. And Brown Pass Campground is located 13.6 miles, at the
far end of the lake. Junction with the Boulder Pass Trail is located
at the 13.8 mile point.
Meeting up with Alex Florea, Cameron Stone, and Bogdan Pefre on the
4th of July, as they were gearing up for a 9 day trip across the
northern section of Glacier National Park. The three traveling from
their home in Minnesota, start their adventure at the Bowman Lake
Trail and ending on the eastern side of the park at Many Glacier
Campgrounds. As we watched them pack and repack their bags, check
and double check their supplies, you couldn't help but notice the
amount of planning and careful attention to what was included in
those 40 to 45 lb. packs they were carrying. Water, food and
shelter, three essentials for traveling the back country. With
plenty of water packed and clothing suitable for the trek, each also
carried what looked to be a 2 lb jar of peanut butter (yummy energy
packed food, loaded with protein).
Have a fun safe trip boys!!!
Sending in a few photos of
their adventure and a short note to let us know that they have
indeed arrived home safely.
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