“The meadow is a special place with great views, accessed through a viewless hall of lodgepole pines.”
— Jake Bramante
Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bring bear spray. The road is closed to vehicular traffic at the Polebridge Ranger Station during the winter but the north trailhead is approximately 100 yards from this gate. The Inside North Fork is closed to vehicular traffic well into July, so make plans accordingly.
This horseshoe shaped trail will take a little bit of road travel or a short shuttle to make a loop, but it's a fun little jaunt into a quaint meadow backdropped by stunning peaks. Starting from the south trailhead off the Inside North Fork Road, you enter into a hall of younger lodgepole pines. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate, but there are no views. The route finally breaks along the edge of a narrow meadow and gives you a preview of the meadow itself. Finally you break out into the meadow which is a moderately sized, grassy meadow ringed by lodgepole pines and aspens. Towering in the distance, the rocky peaks of the North Fork area of Glacier National Park create a stark contrast.
From the meadow, you enter back into the trees as the trail gently goes up and down back to the Inside North Fork Road, albeit farther north than where you started. The trail terminates on the hill just above the Polebridge Ranger Station.
This trail is most popular in the winter as a ski loop, but can be a quiet place to visit in the summer. It makes for a perfect place to watch the mountains light up as the sun sets behind you or as an early morning setting to look for animals.
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Flora & Fauna
Small forest birds and mammals as well as grouse are common on the trail. The meadow can be a mixed bag of anything found in the North Fork area to the more common wildlife such as deer to elk and bear.