Hike Numa Ridge Lookout

Numa Ridge Lookout Trailhead, Bowman Lake Campground - Search Nearby - Added by Noah Couser

Visit the manned Numa Ridge Lookout (only manned in summer months). This well-built trail offers excellent exercise and incredible views of the remote North Fork region of Glacier Park.

Begin the hike at Bowman Lake Campground. The trail wanders along the West side of the lake for the first mile or so, and then begins a gradual climb to the lookout. The total distance is 5.6 miles each way, and the trail climbs roughly 2,900 vertical. Don't worry, your sore legs and lungs will find respite in the sweeping panoramic views of the entire North Fork region. Pop into the lookout to speak with the ranger (as long as they aren't busy), they always have great stories and are usually eager to talk to people.

For the overzealous, continue along the ridge toward Numa Peak for even more spectacular views and a little more vertical gain. Climb to the next false summit with only moderate bushwhacking and minimal extra effort, and look down upon the lookout and the entire lake.

After descending from the lookout, hustle down to Bowman Lake for a refreshingly chilly dive into the crystal clear water. Drive back down through the tiny town of Polebridge...STOP...be sure to go into The Mercantile for some unbelievable baked goodies. Huckleberry Bear Claws will change your life, just prepare yourself.

Distance

11.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2900 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Amazing place

The trailhead is in an off-the-beaten path type place, the hike itself isn't terribly scenic- at least the first few miles of it- but it's well worth the trip!

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