Added by Derek Vander Ark
Explore the quiet scenery of The Great Bear Wilderness and snowshoe the Skiumah Creek Trail to Skiumah Lake. Skiumah Creek Trail is an excellent snowshoe trip to complete in only a few hours.
The trailhead for Skiumah Creek Trail is located just off of highway 2, and is well marked from both directions of the road. It is roughly 15 miles East on Highway 2 from the West Glacier Entrance of Glacier National Park. Parking is located on the other side of Highway 2 than the actual trailhead- be mindful of cars on this highway as you cross.
Follow the signs and tracks which follow the Skiumah Creek Trail. The first 1/4 mile you will follow tacks on a road, but the actual trail will be indicated by the sign and you will continue to follow the tracks off the road in an eastern direction. The tracks may split not too long after going off the road, but follow the tracks to the right.
The trail continues at a consistent incline for the rest of the way. The from other snowshoes and skiers will be easy to follow. While snowshoeing, keep your ears open for sounds of Skiumah creek, at one point, you will cross a narrow bridge across the creek. There may be a few inches of snow on top of the bridge, so it is important to use caution and maintain balance while balancing. There is a railing on one side of the bridge to use, and the creek is VERY shallow.
About 1.5 miles in, the forest should begin to thin, and mountain tops and cliff sides will be visible. A mild descent will lead you closer to the face of the mountains, and you will follow the trail to an open bowl with a frozen lake in the middle. You've made it! Enjoy the scenery of Skiumah Lake in the winter, and take some time to eat some lunch! During your return, follow the same tracks and trail that you followed on the way up to the lake.
- Wool Socks
- Layers for warmth
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