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Numa Ridge Lookout
A hike that starts out with the beautiful Bowman Lake with Rainbow Peak in the background has promises of being amazing and Numa Ridge Lookout does not disappoint.
You gradually ascend through forest that houses many birds and wildflowers near the lake. As you get higher, the forest begins to open up and the views continue to get better until you reach the lookout which affords great views of the towering peaks to the north and east, Bowman Lake below you and the North Fork valley to the West.
If you don’t mind gaining elevation, this hike rewards you for your efforts.
20 responses to “Numa Ridge Lookout”
Great video, thanks for sharing!
Was the lookout manned (or womanned) yet?
I’m liking the little postscripts- kind of like outtakes after a movie.
Plus- you have some new fans in Florida. One of them was once a lookout himself (like me).
Nice video of the Numa Lookout hike! Thanks for the heads up on the lack of water. That is something I was not aware of. We are doing the hike in early Sept and will plan accordingly.
Bowman is my favorite area to visit. We always devote one day to it when visiting Glacier. Thank you for posting this video because we are now adding Numa Ridge to our list!
planning to do numa ridge next year. so glad that you recommend it. enjoyed the video
Loved the video. Planning to do Kintla Lake trail next year.
Nice video… I met my husband at Numa Lookout 17 years ago today!
Wow… brings back some great memories. That just might be my favorite “corner” of the park. Bowman and Kintla lakes are truly special….
We were lookouts in 1966. Can’t stress enough TO CARRY YOUR OWN WATER! had to disappoint many a thirsty hiker, since the both of us lived FOR EVERYTHING on 40 gallons for two weeks. Try that sometime.
Yes. From below, announce “Permission to ascend.” Even a lookout, trained in spotting far-off things, can miss something close at hand. Courtesy is always the answer.
I attempted this trail yesterday without enough water and carrying a bunch of camera gear. I made it to the first left hand switchback before turning around and heading back due to a lack of water. I took several miles before I had any water again. I can’t stress enough, Jake is right, BRING WATER!
That switchback is at 6000 feet according to my GPS and the trees were just thin enough to make the hike worth it.
I will return next year, and I WILL conquer this hill.
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