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Heading north from Columbia Falls Montana on the North Fork rd., a well traveled but rugid road. Heading for the Canadian border, you are surrounded by lush forest and ever changing meadows. The north fork of the Flathead river on your right and the Cabinet mountains to the west. Entering Glacier National Park at the Polebridge entrance, you cross over the river into a lesser known area of the park.

Covey Meadows Trail or Covey Loop Trail is an easy hike, starting with a brisk walk through a forest of lodgepole pines. Here, the Red Bench Fire of 1988 played a hand in creating the freshly painted scenery with the new growth of pines and larch. The walk of about 1/2 mile brings you into the meadows, where in the spring you can find it full of wildflowers galore. The hills surrounding the meadow would lend themselves to being a perfect hideout when seeking the illusive wildlife of the area. See elk, deer, bear, fox, and coyotes which are not uncommon in this area.
Following the trail off to the right, you will travel along the meadows edge. The Livingston range is in full view at this time. What a scene to behold with the meadow in the foreground and the mountains beyond.

Pretty soon you head away from the meadow and back into the forest as you wind your way back to the Inside North Fork road. You will need to travel north on the road for about .05 miles back to your car at the Polebridge park entrance.

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Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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