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Akokala Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 213' 65 m
Descent: -953' -291 m
High: 4,423' 1,348 m
Low: 3,673' 1,120 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A level trail through a burned area with Glacier's peak as a backdrop on a poorly maintained trail.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray.

Runner Notes

With the abundance of downfall, the running is rather poor.

Description

This trail starts off from the Inside North Fork Road just north of the turnoff for Bowman Lake Road. The trail crosses meadows and a mix of burned and unburned forest as it works its way up Akokala Creek. A short distance into the trail, and you're out in the old burned area until the trail joins up with the Akokala Lake trail. One seasonal creek ford will get your feet wet in the spring and early summer. While the trail parallels the creek, it spends little time right along the creek.

This trail is sparsely maintained by the National Park Service and is in a burned area, so expect to encounter a lot of downfall. It's also one of the earlier trails to open in the spring in the North Fork area of Glacier National Park.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Open forest flowers pop in the springtime including impressive displays of Indian Paintbrush. Deer and bear frequent the area and elusive elk and wolves may be occasionally spotted. The birding is also great.

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#504

in Montana

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View of the North Fork area of Glacier from Akokala Creek
Apr 5, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT
Trip video of Akokala Lake starting at the Akokala Creek trailhead up to the lake, then back out the Akokala Lake trail to the foot of Bowman Lake.
Apr 5, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT

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