The Tranquil Basin Overlook

West Glacier, Montana

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This trail provides a rigorous day hike to the top of a high ridgeline, just behind the summit of Mount Furlong. The overlook boasts excellent views of the snowy peaks of the Flathead Range, the lakes of the Tranquil Basin, and the twisted spires that rise in the distance to the north of Marias Pass. From the overlook, it is possible to scramble down to reach the floor of the Tranquil Basin. This narrow track wastes no time in running uphill as steeply as possible. At first, the trail follows the low ridge directly above Edna Creek. Later, the trail leaves the stream behind and bends around to the east as it climbs high onto a western spur of Mount Furlong. The trail climbs aggressively up the side of this ridge, through a forest of Douglas fir underlain by an abundant growth of thimbleberry bushes.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This trail provides a rigorous day hike to the top of a high ridgeline, just behind the summit of Mount Furlong. The overlook boasts excellent views of the snowy peaks of the Flathead Range, the lakes of the Tranquil Basin, and the twisted spires that rise in the distance to the north of Marias Pass. From the overlook, it is possible to scramble down to reach the floor of the Tranquil Basin.

This narrow track wastes no time in running uphill as steeply as possible. At first, the trail follows the low ridge directly above Edna Creek. Later, the trail leaves the stream behind and bends around to the east as it climbs high onto a western spur of Mount Furlong. The trail climbs aggressively up the side of this ridge, through a forest of Douglas fir underlain by an abundant growth of thimbleberry bushes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 3,270 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,010 feet
Local Contacts: Great Bear Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Nimrod
Driving Directions: Directions to The Tranquil Basin Overlook

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