Akokala Lake

West Glacier, Montana

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A day hike or short backpack from Bowman Campground to Akokala Lake. Numa Ridge Lookout is one of the easiest lookouts to reach in the park. The trail climbs 3,000 feet over the course of 5 miles, passing up the forested flanks of Numa Ridge to a swampy saddle, which is good habitat for northern bog lemmings. The trail climbs out of the trees onto an open grassy swale for the last 0.25 mile. Upon reaching the manned lookout, which lies on the west face of Numa Ridge, the hiker will find spectacular views of Square Peak, Rainbow Peak, and Mount Carter across Bowman Lake, plus sweeping vistas of the Whitefish Range across the forested North Fork Flathead River.
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike or short backpack from Bowman Campground to Akokala Lake. Numa Ridge Lookout is one of the easiest lookouts to reach in the park. The trail climbs 3,000 feet over the course of 5 miles, passing up the forested flanks of Numa Ridge to a swampy saddle, which is good habitat for northern bog lemmings.

The trail climbs out of the trees onto an open grassy swale for the last 0.25 mile. Upon reaching the manned lookout, which lies on the west face of Numa Ridge, the hiker
will find spectacular views of Square Peak, Rainbow Peak, and Mount Carter across Bowman Lake, plus sweeping vistas of the Whitefish Range across the forested North Fork Flathead River.

© 2012 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: Quartz Ridge, Kintla Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Akokala Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2008
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We intended to do Bowman Lake, but decided on the more challenging Numa Ridge Lookout. Since we got started late we had to head back just before the top. The views were great. I would recommend this to anyone in the area.



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