Quartz Lake Loop

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain3,791ft
Trailhead Elevation4,037ft
Elevation Min/Max4034/5450ft
Elevation Start/End4037/4037ft

Quartz Lake Loop

Quartz Lake Loop is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 12.5 miles long and begins at 4,037 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,791 feet. Near the trailhead there are restroom. The Quartz Lake camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Quartz Creek, Quartz Lake Loop and Quartz Creek.

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Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Jean Arthur
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"Huckleberry bushes line the north-facing portions of the trail, a trailside treat for hikers climbing Cerulean Ridge and then descending to the three Quartz Lakes, where loons reside."
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A long day hike or short backpack from Bowman Campground to the Quartz Lakes, 6.2 miles (10 km) one way or a 12.8-mile (20.5 km) loop. The Quartz Lakes Loop begins and ends at the Bowman Lake auto campground. It passes over the crest of Cerulean Ridge to drop into the Quartz Creek Valley at Quartz Lake, then turns southwest for 3 miles along the valley floor before climbing back over Quartz Ridge to its starting point.The loop makes for a pleasant day hike, and there are several backcountry camping areas for hikers looking for an overnight experience.The loop can also be accessed via a 7-mile trail that runs up Quartz Creek from the Inside North Fork Road."

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
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Additional Use
Quartz Ridge
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