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A & A Backpacking Glacier National Park

Intro to Glacier National Park

Staying Safe in Glacier

Life at Rising Sun:
A Summer Spent in Glacier

Intro to NW Montana

Sights from Montana's Roads

Lake McDonald
  Avalanche Lake
  Trail of the Cedars
  Fish Lake
  Howe Lake

Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass
  Hidden Lake
  Highline Trail
  Sunrift Gorge
  St. Mary Lake
    -Rising Sun
    -St. Mary Falls and Baring Falls
    -Sun Point
    -Otokomi Lake

East Glacier and Two Medicine
  Scenic Point
  Running Eagle Falls (Trick Falls)
Many Glacier and surrounding areas
  Belly River
  Cracker Lake

Waterton Lakes Nat'l Park and Canada
  Cameron Falls
  Bear's Hump
  Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls
  Police Outpost Lake

Animals of Glacier
  Bear, Bighorn Sheep, 
  Fox, Marmot, 
  Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Goat, 

References and Links

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Lake McDonald Howe Lake
Howe Lake
This is a sweet little trail, only maybe a mile and a half long (one way) on the far West side of Lake McDonald. It meanders through a bad burn that scorched quite a large area back in 1988 (and maybe again in 2003?). Even so, new green growth is springing up all throughout the area. Wildflowers and bright grasses make a nice contrast against the blackened trees.
There are two lakes in this area, but come to think of it, I'm not sure if we hiked to both of them or simply stopped at the first one. Besides wandering through burnt forest, I seem to remember some marshy areas along the way as well so bring a full bottle of bug repellent and some shoes that can get a bit muddy.
trail to Howe Lake
Howe Lake trailhead is quite out of the way from the main road, and this westernmost part of the park is one of the least-visited. If you're trying to avoid the crowds in mid-summer, this would be a hike to try.
To get there from Glacier's West Entrance, turn Left (Northwest) onto Camas Road. Continue past signs marking the Apgar Visitor Center and turn Right onto the Inside North Fork Road towards Fish Creek Campground. The campground sits on Lake McDonald's Northwestern shore and would be a good basecamp for trails that climb Howe Ridge, along Lake McDonald, and on up to Rogers and Trout Lakes. To head for Howe Lake Trailhead, continue on the Inside North Fork Road (also called Glacier Route 7 on some maps) as it turns into a gravel route. Find a small parking area on the Left, and the trailhead to the Right. Note that several main park maps do not even show this trail. If your map is one that doesn't, it might help to know that the trail connects the road to the Howe Ridge trail by traversing almost directly east and west.
Howe Lake