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Camas Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.2 mile 11.6 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 628' 191 m
Descent: -424' -129 m
High: 4,056' 1,236 m
Low: 3,767' 1,148 m

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A nice combination of forested trail with large meadows backdropped by epic mountains.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A great run in the fall. Springtime may be too wet and marshy.

Description

Starting from the Camas Creek Trailhead off the Inside North Fork Road, the Camas Creek Trail starts out in a lodgepole forest and quickly breaks out into big open meadows. The meadows are a bit marshy, especially in the spring, so plan accordingly.

About 1.5 miles in, you come to Christensen Meadow which is an expansive meadow. The views are good, but not great, however this is a great place to look for animals. The trail goes into a mixed burned and unburned forest for a little over a mile, then opens back up to the picturesque Rogers Meadow. Camas Creek has slowed down and snakes in large loops through the meadow that is ringed with a lodgepole forest. Heavens Peak, Mt. Vaught, and Stanton Mountain provide an impressive backdrop. This meadow is amazing habitat for a variety of wildlife, so take your time and look for anything from river otters to moose.

From there, the trail enters a pleasant lodgepole forest. Unfortunately, the trail never comes very close to the quaint Rogers Lake, but you do get a couple of slight glimpses. The trail intersects the West Lakes Trail that heads over to Trout Lake, but there is a creek ford of Camas Creek. In the spring, this ford can be very dangerous with high, fast and incredibly cold water. This trail makes for a nice out and back, particularly to Rogers Meadow.

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

Great flowers and birds in both the meadows and in the trees. Moose, deer, and bear can be seen in the area. River otters may also be seen in the slow moving creek.

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A view up Rogers Meadow as Camas Creek snakes through it. Mountains visible are right to left Stanton Mountain, Mt. Vaught, and Heavens Peak.
Apr 7, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Trout Lake hike from the Trout Lake trailhead all the way up to Camas Lake, then back out through Camas Creek to the Camas Creek trailhead.
Apr 7, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT

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