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Harrison Lake Trail

Harrison Lake Trail - 2.9 miles from the southern boundary trail sign. Access off Hwy 2, 6.5 miles east of West Glacier. The trail can also be access via the southern boundary trail out of West Glacier.

The Southern Boundary trail travels east from West Glacier along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. You can follow this trail 7.1 miles and meet up with the Harrison Lake Trail if you do not wish to ford the river. August and Sept are the prime months in which you will want to try fording the river. Depending on the year, there are spots that can be about 100 ft wide and just over knee deep. When crossing the river, you should be crossing where the Harrison creek enters into the river. Staying on the west side of the creek you will enter into the woods and stay to the left until reaching the trails head. (Depending on where you cross the river, the trail could be a bit harder to find). At the trailhead sits a lonely and long deserted cabin, still on the property is the trusty old tractor, most likely used in clearing the spot for building. You look around, noticing that there are no trails large enough to get a rig like that in here. It must have been brought in on a year the river was very low, and long enough ago that the trees had time to grow up over the trail.

From here the trail traverses up through the woods and runs parallel to the creek 2.9 miles and gains 400 ft in elevation. You will be walking through a few burned out areas from previous fires, with several areas in which you can see down through the draw to the creek below. Taking your time and enjoying the views you finally reach the foot of the lake. Following the western shore north, you cross occasional avalanche chutes which allow views of the lake and the mountains beyond. Loneman Mountain and Mount Thompson revealed in the reflections on the water, are also a sight to behold.

Traveling on down the trail 1.8 miles is the Harrison Lake Campground, three camping sites available and nice place to cozy in for the evening. Enjoy the sites and sounds of the area. Loons, moose, deer and yes even bear are frequent visitors to the lake.

 

 






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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