Akokala Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain2,793ft
Trailhead Elevation4,051ft
Elevation Min/Max4051/4903ft
Elevation Start/End4051/4051ft

Akokala Lake

Akokala Lake is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 5.6 miles long and begins at 4,051 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,793 feet. The Bowman Ranger Station ranger station and the Bowman Lake Post Office (historical) (elevation 4,049 feet) post office are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The trail ends near the Akokala Lake camp site. This trail connects with the following: Bowman Lake, Akokala Creek, Akokala Lake, Bowman Lake and Akokala Creek.

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike or short backpack from Bowman Campground to Akokala Lake, 5.8 miles (9.5 km) one- way. 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."
Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Jean Arthur
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"Since the wildfires cleared out much of the lodgepole pine in patchworked sections of the Akokala Lake Trail, hikers have excellent views of Numa Ridge Fire Lookout, Reuter Peak, and Mount Peabody, where few glimpses were visible a dozen years ago. The trail remains damp and cool nearly all summer, and in fact, a bog area guarantees mosquitoes for a few hundred yards. It’s worth it because at 1.5 miles, the trees open up to bright wildflowers, such Flora as beargrass and columbine. Look for huckleberries late July through September."
Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"A remote lake filled with small, native cutthroat trout, secluded camping opportunities, and excellent views of Kintla-area peaks. The North Fork of the Flathead River forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Inside the park several lakes drain into the river, with Akokala being one of the smallest. This hike extends through typical North Fork country, with lodgepole pine forests and rolling ridges, but without the snowcapped crags found elsewhere in the park."

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We followed the described trail to Curly Lake, but also continued another 3.5 miles ending on Cataract Mt., an unnamed peak on the topo with an elevation just over 10,000'. First half mile, from the parking area, is quite steep. Beautiful short diversion to some falls along Curly Creek a little ways up. Horses have deepened the trail along the lower meadows, but the trail widens as the grade increases. Curly Lake is isolated, but not the prettiest lake around. If you have the time, it's worth another 3.5 miles to gain some elevation. You'll come to a trail junction at a prominent saddle. Continue up, towards Beall Lake. We saw some mountain gots up high. Come to another saddle and head cross-country to the right, up to the peak. Some spectacular views...and occasional cell phone reception!

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
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Additional Use
Quartz Ridge, Kintla Peak
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