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
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.