EXPLORE: Southern Boundary Trail

By Beacon Staff

While parts of the higher elevations of Glacier National Park are still in winter’s grip, summer is on its way along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

A wonderful way to explore the river valley and John Stevens Canyon is the Southern Boundary Trail from West Glacier.

Departing from the old park entrance bridge, just west of West Glacier, the trail meanders along the river, with stunning views of the canyon.

There are small creeks to cross and flat wooded areas to take a break and have a snack. From the trailhead, you can hike 5.3 miles to the Lincoln Creek Trail Junction (and a small patrol cabin), 7.2 miles to the Harrison Creek Trail and 11.8 miles to the Nyack Creek Trail.

These paths also provide access to some great backcountry hiking.

It should be noted that bears frequent this area and having a can of bear spray is important.

How to Get There:

In West Glacier, take a left off U.S. Route 2 towards the park entrance.

Take a right on Old River Road.

Go about a mile, past the school and some cabins and park right in front of the bridge.

Crossing the bridge provides trail access and a small interpretive sign.

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