Boulder Pass Backpacking

Columbia Falls, Montana

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A long, scenic shuttle starting in Canada and ending in the United States. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved some widespread popularity because of it. The NPS limits use with the number of designated campsites and permits, so if you’re lucky enough to get one, you won’t feel crowded. The hike itself is difficult to beat, but the preparation can test your patience. Another special planning task is watching the weather forecast. You really don’t want to be up on Boulder Pass in a summer snowstorm. Because of the elevation, snow claims the area until at least late July. It can come back any day, so always prepare for the worst weather. And keep in mind that this is prime grizzly country, so study up on bear awareness advice before hitting the trail. But take some solace in the fact that this route is worth any amount of frustration in planning and preparation! Special attractions: Incredible alpine scenery and remoteness; a classic backpacking trip.
Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A long, scenic shuttle starting in Canada and ending in the United States. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved some widespread popularity because of it. The NPS limits use with the number of designated campsites and permits, so if you’re lucky enough to get one, you won’t feel crowded.

The hike itself is difficult to beat, but the preparation can test your patience. Another special planning task is watching the weather forecast. You really don’t want to be up on Boulder Pass in a summer snowstorm. Because of the elevation, snow claims the area until at least late July. It can come back any day, so always prepare for the worst weather. And keep in mind that this is prime grizzly country, so study up on bear awareness advice before hitting the trail. But take some solace in the fact that this route is worth any amount of frustration in planning and preparation! Special attractions: Incredible alpine scenery and remoteness; a classic backpacking trip.

© 2002 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Columbia Falls
Distance: 30.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kintla Park, Kintla Peak, Porcupine Ridge, Mount Carter; Trails Illustrated Glacier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Boulder Pass (Backpacking)

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