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McGee Meadow Ski Trail

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0.7 Miles 1.1 Kilometers

 

99% 

Runnable

Singletrack

32' 10 m

Ascent

-50' -15 m

Descent

3,922' 1,195 m

High

3,872' 1,180 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Unknown

Update

A trail groomed for skiing, but not maintained for running.

Jake Bramante

Overview

Bring bear spray. Inside North Fork Road is closed until mid-summer.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Runner Notes

Too much downfall and route finding to make for a good run.

Description

This trail is primarily used in the winter as a ski trail. It is also used in the spring to get to the Howe Lake Trail before the Inside North Fork Road is open.

Finding the trail from the Inside North Fork Road is straightforward as it has a smaller trailhead sign and orange markers. It follows an old road gently up and down through a mix of burned and unburned ponderosa pine forest to the outlet of the boggy meadow. From here, you have a nice look up the meadow where you cross over the outlet, usually on some sketchy sticks, then continue along the meadow before heading back into the burn forest for a short stint to Camas Road.

This section from the outlet to the road is not marked in the summer and involves you stumbling around until you reach the road near the Huckleberry Lookout Trail trailhead. If you want to run to Howe Lake before the Inside North Fork Road is open, park at the Huckleberry Lookout Trail trailhead and head across the road and work your way due east until you get to the meadow and follow it to the outlet. On the other side, the trail picks up and is obvious to the Inside North Fork Road where you'll head north on the road to the Howe Lake Trail trailhead.

The trail is not maintained until late summer, so expect downfall and some route finding.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Forest flowers such as arnica and serviceberries. Squirrels, deer, and the occasional bear may be seen.

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