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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 hikerwill 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
by Jean Arthur (Wilderness Press)
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.
by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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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