Author: Jake Bramante

  • Harrison Lake

    Harrison Lake

    Harrison Lake is a great hike I’ve done a few times. It’s unique in that the most common way to get to the hike is to ford the Middle Fork of the Flathead at the Moccasin Creek put-in. This early in the season requires that you go across in a boat (usually forded in later […]

  • Howe Ridge Trail

    Howe Ridge Trail

    Howe Ridge Trail runs from the Fish Creek area to the Trout Lake Trailhead along the west shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier. Both ends of the trail are well maintained, however, there is a 6 mile stretch that requires some serious route-finding. My friend Philip Granrud joined me on this one and braved the […]

  • Snyder Ridge

    Snyder Ridge

    The Snyder Ridge Trail starts near the Apgar Village on the east side of Lake McDonald with a humble trailhead and runs along the eastern shore parallel to Lake McDonald. The trail crosses the Lincoln Lake trail and eventually intersects the Sperry/Gunsight trail and empties at Lake McDonald Lodge. Trail starts out gaining elevation where […]

  • Flathead Ranger Station

    Flathead Ranger Station

    Got a ferry across the big, brown and fast North Fork Flathead River by Glacier Rim river access by my good friend Shawn Altenburg from Montana Elements to start out my hike by the old, long gone Flathead Ranger Station. This trail roughly parallels the Middle Fork of the Flathead River until it comes to […]

  • Howe Lake

    Howe Lake

    Walked up to Howe Lake with my friend Reed Trontel. Anyway, you’ll start out in some forested areas, but will quickly pop out into the burn areas and the lake (unless you did the loop like we did that started at the Howe Ridge Trail where that’s all in the burn area to the lake). […]

  • Snyder Lake

    Snyder Lake

    Hiked to the lovely and quaint Snyder Lakes. Encountered snow the last mile or so, but that’s the price you pay for loads of flowers. We started in the lush areas around Lake McDonald and worked our way up to the subalpine forest around the lake. Tons of birds and flowers. No bigger animals except […]

  • Apgar Village

    Apgar Village

    Sometimes it’s easier to miss something that is right under your nose. I think that the trails in close proximity to the Apgar Village fit this description. I went from being surrounded by people to walking into the woods practically by myself. I saw bear, deer, wildflowers and a wide variety of birds without walking […]

  • Avalanche Lake

    Avalanche Lake

    The classic Avalanche Lake hike. My guess is that it’s the most travelled hike in the park due to its length, accessibility and fantastic views. It was a rainy day, but yielded some nice wildlife. Of course the waterfalls and views were stunning as ever.

  • Logging Lake

    Logging Lake

    Drove around Polebridge to get to the Logging Lake trailhead. The trail starts at the Logging Creek Ranger Station and follows Logging Creek up past Logging Lake to Grace Lake where we camped. Very beautiful with loads of wildflowers and birds. The trail starts out very open as you wander through the burn areas, but […]

  • West Shore Lake McDonald

    West Shore Lake McDonald

    While most visitors to Glacier National Park drive along Going to the Sun Road on the east shore of Lake McDonald, few know of the trail that runs along the west shore and even fewer hike it. We started at the north end of the trail after taking a left onto North Lake McDonald Drive […]