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Logging Lake
8.8 miles round trip

The Trailhead is 7 miles south of the Polebridge entrance on Inside North Fork Road, located next to Logging Creek Campground and the ranger station. We camped the night in the campground and headed up the trail early through a mixed forest with a variety of wildflowers and berry bushes along the trail. We take time to enjoy the wildflowers and shoot a few pictures. After a short distance we enter an area burned by the 1988 Red Bench Fire where all the small trees were destroyed and the taller trees survived. There are lots of burned tree trunks still standing which create a food source of bugs and grubs for the woodpeckers, flickers, chickadees and nuthatches. The sound of one hammering on a tree trunk gives away its location and we identify which bird it is as we go on our way. Still further along the fire destroyed everything. There are grasses and some brush returning and as we stop to study the area we discover a new forest being created with a variety of evergreen trees and fast growing alder. Small meadows below the burned areas contain aspen and evergreen trees. After about a mile and a half we reenter the mature forest. The trail is soft and follows Logging Creek all the way and as we walk we enjoy the sound of the water close by. After about four miles we see the sign for the trail to Logging Lake Campground, which leads us to the lakeshore. A lovely lake at the base of the mountains surrounded by forest and grassy areas, it reflects the blue from the sky. We eat our lunch by the lakeside before heading back down the trail. There have been no other hikers in the area today.




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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