5 miles north of Fish Creek Campground
on the Inside North Fork Road. Elevation climb is 240 feet. There is
parking spaces enough for about 4 vehicles.
The last day of August was a cool one in Glacier park. We
started our hike early in the day, the clouds were looming and just
a hint of fall in the air. The Inside North Fork rd is rock and not
well traveled. Making this hike a little less traveled then most in
the park. We were in Grizzly country and with this in mind we
started our hike with plenty of conversation and noise to keep the
bear away. The trail is a slight uphill grade and easy hiking for
most anyone. Along the trail you pass through patches were you can
definitely see the path of recent fires. You are also walking
through green and lush areas. You can see that during the flower
season this would be a spectacular place to come and enjoy. The
fireweed was everywhere.
The Howe Lake Trail winds 2 miles into Lower
Howe Lake. Just as you come around the last ridge and the lake is in
site, it is time to quiet the talking and watch silently for
wildlife at the lake as you approach. The sounds of wildlife emerge
as you listen. It was so quiet that you could hear the sounds of the
wings as the loons flew overhead. The distant calls and the site of
watching them fly in and land at the waters edge, was an experience
to behold. The sound of the woodpeckers on surrounding trees echoing
through the woods, birds chirping and ducks sunning themselves on
the water, making this hike worth the effort.
The clouds are broken now and a hint of blue sky is peaking through.
The lake is still and the reflections are amazing. Surrounding the
lake is a marshland that connects it with Upper Howe Lake. Upper
Howe Lake is closed to anglers until August 1st to protect the
nesting loons. To get to the upper lake you will need to hike
through the marsh or climb around the edges of the surrounding
For more of a hardy hike you
may continue on from the lower lake 1.8 miles to connect with the
Howe Ridge Trail. The Howe Ridge Trail is a secondary fire access
trail that an eastward ridgeline from the Howe Creek bridge to its
junction with the Trout Lake Trail, above Kelly Camp Trailhead.
Amazing hike with spectacular views of Glacier Park, with all the chances of encountering wildlife.
Bear, whitetail deer, moose, elk and fox among the many creatures of the park.
Howe Lakes, two of many wonderful fishing lakes located in the park.
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.