Kintla Fire Trail
ElevationAscent: 893' 272 m
Descent: -746' -227 m
High: 4,813' 1,467 m
Low: 3,999' 1,219 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A fairly unused trail through a wonderful forest connecting Kishenehn Creek with Kintla Lake.”— Jake Bramante
This trail breaks off from the Kishenehn Creek Trail and fords the creek almost immediately. From there, the trail works its way up the ridge through the trees. The grade is never particularly difficult, but the trail is rarely used. Some sections are overgrown, swampy or have downfall. After working your way up towards a pass, you have a creek crossing that is made difficult by the downfall choking the shoreline.
Once across, the trail improves dramatically. On the other side of the pass, the trail descends at a steady pace through an airy forest. Views are few, but the forest is wonderful as it contains little undergrowth. The trail joins up with the Boulder Pass Trail as it nears Kintla Lake. If coming from the Boulder Pass Trail, finding the trail is extremely difficult. Using a map or a GPS will help as well as keeping an eye out for the markers as some game trails may be more defined than this trail.
Fall colors in this area are great with the deciduous shrubs and larch.
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 run.
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