NF Belly River
ElevationAscent: 1,550' 473 m
Descent: -1,095' -334 m
High: 6,038' 1,840 m
Low: 4,583' 1,397 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A little route finding through meadows takes you to around a ridge to a remote river drainage.”— Jake Bramante
Once across the river, continue southwest out into the open meadows, along the treeline. The trail is faint to non-existent through the meadow. The journey is beautiful as you head towards Sentinel Mountain. Keep an eye out for elk and other large animals in the meadow.
Aim for the northwest corner of the meadow where it naturally draws up and a trail will gradually appear. From here it enters an airy forest and travels north and wraps around the mountain just below the US/Canada border. Views are small and intermittent, but get better as you continue west. The forest changes to a more dry forest with shorter trees and the views of the North Fork Belly River drainage begin to open up. Sofa Mountain to the northwest and Sarcee Mountain to the west create rocky backdrops to a beautiful, lush drainage.
The trail drops along the contours of the mountain until you get to a seasonal creek bed. A pile of rocks across the old trail serve as the indicator to just follow the newer trail along the top of the north ridge above the creek bed. This drops down through meadows and into some trees as you get to the bottom and the river's edge.
The trail used to ford the river and continue along the river up to the Miche Wabum Lake, but has now been abandoned and it is an epic bushwhack to the lake.
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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