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Glacier National Park: Bowman Lake to Kintla Lake

Epic, glacial-era geology and rugged mountain views from the Continental Divide are the highlights of this 4- or 5-day point-to-point in Glacier National Park’s northwest corner.

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Bowman and Kintla Lakes are located at the northwest corner of Glacier National Park, and this horseshoe-shaped point-to-point connects them with an epic 39-mile trail over Brown and Boulder passes with an overnight stop in the stunning glacial cirque, Hole-in-the-Wall.
The first day follows Bowman Lake’s flat shoreline and day two climbs 2,200 feet, touching the Continental Divide before settling into a hanging valley. Day three climbs another 1,100 feet to Boulder Pass and the route’s high point at mile 17. Camp in the boulder-strewn valley there, or descend a headwall on a scenic, switchbacking trail—look for the Agassiz Glacier—toward Upper Kintla Lake.
The westbound stretch of trail comes within 1.5 miles of the Canadian border and connects Upper Kintla and Kintla lakes as it skirts several burn areas below the Boundary Mountains and Starvation Ridge.
Reaching Kintla Lake, however, isn’t the end of the journey: it’s 20 road miles between trail-end and Bowman Lake, so plan ahead and arrange a shuttle either within your own group, or with locals before your trip (commercial outfitters aren’t permitted to travel to Kintla, so plan to be creative about your ride).
-Mapped by Charlie Williams

To Trailhead

From West Glacier, take Going to the Sun Rd. north and turn left on Camas Rd. Drive 11.7 miles and turn right on N Fork Rd. Go 13.3 miles north and turn right onto Polebridge. In 1 mile, turn right on Glacier Dr. and proceed 1 mile to Bowman Lake Rd. The trailhead is in 5.5 miles.

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