Cradled between the Continental Divide and Whitefish Mountain Range and located a mile from the northwest entrance to Glacier National Park is the electricity-free community of Polebridge. Made up of a handful of houses, cabins, a hostel and small ranches along the North Fork Road, the hub of this area is the historic Polebridge Mercantile and its neighboring Northern Lights Saloon—both powered by generators. "The Mercantile" is a one stop shop for locals and visitors alike and is famous throughout the state and region for its freshly baked goods, sandwiches and authentic personality.
An often bypassed section of the park: ‘it’s too remote, too much time’s consumed on an uncomfortable trip,’ is what they might say. Yet the few men and woman who adventure the portal-road out to Polebridge Montana will find a slice of heaven full of splender and awe, away from the crowds and troubles of todays world.
Lower Quartz Lake – Located on the north west side.
Quartz Lake Loop
– 12.8 miles round trip. Trailhead is
located at Bowman Lake on the south side of the boat launch.
Hidden Meadow Trail – 2.4 miles
– Trailhead is across from Lone Pine Prairie, on the inside
North Fork road.
– 2.0 miles one way
– 5 miles north of Fish Creek Campground on the Inside North
Fork Road. Elevation climbs 240 feet.
Covey Meadow Loop Trail
– 2 miles round trip – Park at the Polebridge
park entrance. Start your hike just up the hill from there.
Bowman Lake Trail –
13.8 miles round trip – Follow Glacier Route 7 north from
Polebridge to the Bowman Lake Road. Trailhead is at the
northeast corner of the campground.
Camas Creek, Forest and Fire Nature Trail
– 0.9 mile round trip – A
paved road between the Camas Creek entrance and the Glacier
National Park entrance leads to the trailhead and parking area.
Logging Lake –
8.8 miles round trip – The Trailhead is 7 miles south of
the Polebridge Glacier National Park entrance on Inside North
Numa Ridge Lookout - 10.5 round trip - The trailhead is The Bowman Lake Trail. You hike North from the Bowman Lake Boat Launch. After hiking about 7/10 of a mile you will find the Numa Ridge Lookout Trail.