Hike to Howe Lake

Rate this Adventure 4 miles 240 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Nathan Szwarc

An easier hike that is off the radar of most Glacier tourist and leads to a very nice lake with fishing.

The hike begins along the Inner North Fork road across from a small parking area. The trail meanders up a slight incline most of the way through areas of a recent fire, as well as some areas with spectacular wildflowers when it gets a bit more lush. Around 1.7 miles in you will go up a relatively steep ridge and once your on top you will be able to see Howe lake. The trail goes straight down to the marshy lake and gives you a really nice view of some peaks at the back end of the lake. There is an option to continue if you wanted to extend your hike. To continue you can follow the trail another 1.8 miles to Lower Howe Lake where you can connect to the Howe Ridge trail. Some other information regarding the trail. This trail is in grizzly country so make sure you are always making some kind of noise whether it be having a conversation, yelling "hey bear!", or clapping. Furthermore, you should always hike in a group and try to avoid hiking very early in the morning or in the evening hours. Regarding fishing Upper Howe Lake is closed from the beginning of general fishing season until August 1st as stated on the sign at the trail head. Lastly, always make sure to pack out your trash and leave the trail in good condition.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Fishing
Hiking
Lake

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Stay Nearby

West Glacier, Montana

Fish Creek Campground

Overview Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in Glacier National Park, and one of four campgrounds that takes reservations. Glacier National Park, in northwestern Montana, is ...

West Glacier, Montana

Apgar Group Sites

Overview Apgar Campground is situated on the southern tip of Lake McDonald in beautiful Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. Pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectac...

Flathead County, Montana

Big Creek Campground

Overview Big Creek Campground lies in the expansive Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. Visitors can enjoy access to the Flathead River as well as the countless other recreational opp...

West Glacier, Montana

West Glacier Koa

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike the Rocky Point Trail, Glacier NP

    From the trailhead, just past Fish Creek Campground on the North Fork Road, begin strolling along the trail towards Rocky Point.  The trail meanders through some forest, and along a stream, and then eventually gets you some views of Lake McDonald....

    1.9 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike Glacier View Mountain

    Driving north from Columbia Falls, MT for 20 miles, park after the junction of the Camas Road and the North Fork Road. This parking area is directly after the junction on the east side of the road and the trail begins on the west side of the road....

    5.04 miles 2880 ft gain

  • Paddle McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park

    Begin your trip by dropping your car (or bike) at Quarter Circle Bridge just inside Glacier Park. After dropping your shuttle vehicle, park in the Apgar Campground parking lot and walk your water craft to the shore of Lake McDonald. Paddling Nor...

  • Swim at the Belton Bridge

    The Belton Bridge is the old entrance to glacier. You can get there by turning right down old river bridge road, which is the first right when you turn in to the West Glacier village. There are some 5-8 ft rocks to jump off, but be sure to check t...