EXPLORE: Numa Ridge

By Beacon Staff

If you’re looking for a rewarding hike in Glacier National Park that is away from the crowds, then check out the Numa Ridge Lookout Trail in the northwest corner of the park.

The trek from Bowman Lake to the lookout along Numa Ridge is less than six miles one way and offers stunning views for just a little bit of effort.

Starting from the Bowman Lake Campground, the trail takes you about .8 miles along the lake, before veering into the woods.

The trail gradually climbs the mountain before a series of switchbacks take you to the lookout. Note that the lookout is a private residence that is staffed by the National Park Service.

At the lookout, there are views for miles around.

With a little bit of work, you can reach one of the nearby peaks.

How to get there:

Take the North Fork Road north out of Columbia Falls (right off of Nucleus Ave).

About 35 miles later, turn right into Polebridge. Veer left at the mercantile.

Cross the Flathead River and enter the Polebridge Entrance Station to Glacier National Park.

Less than a mile later, turn right with a sign pointing to Bowman Lake.

Park there and find the trailhead along the water’s edge.

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