Covey Loop Trail is an easy hike, starting out in the forest of lodgepole pines.
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.