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Howe Ridge Trail

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Trail

9.5 mile 15.3 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,011' 918 m
Descent: -1,375' -419 m
High: 5,159' 1,572 m
Low: 3,507' 1,069 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A trail through a recent burn with filtered views and a middle section requiring some route finding.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray.

Runner Notes

Frequent downfall and washed out trail makes for poor running.

Description

The trail starts on the Inside North Fork Road with a nice trailhead sign. It climbs up onto the ridge on a well maintained trail to the intersection with the Howe Lake Trail. From here, it continues along the ridgeline going up and down. The views of the surrounding peaks and Lake McDonald are nice, but filtered through massive stands of trees.

This section of trail, until it reaches the West Lakes Trail, is poorly maintained. Various sections have been washed out and some route finding is required. Due to the fire and infrequent maintenance, downfall is very common. Pocket ponds and standing water provide ample breeding ground for mosquitos in spring and early summer.

New trees are gradually obscuring views that the fire brought.

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

Flowers such as fireweed, geraniums, and wild rose are common. Birds include wrens, chickadees, and western tanagers.

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#31

in Lake McDonald

#524

in Montana

#35,676

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Photos

Pocket pond along the Howe Ridge Trail.
Jun 21, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Hike up Howe Ridge and down to Howe Lake.
Jun 6, 2016 near Apgar, MT

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