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Summer Road Trip 2017, Part 13: Glacier's Polebridge

August 29, 2017

 

For my last full day in Glacier, I wanted to drive up to Polebridge, a remote area on the west edge of the park, near the U.S. border with Canada.  Polebridge is a part of Glacier where the roads are unpaved and nature is pristine.   

 

Before heading north, I did a little more campsite recon.  This time I drove through the Fish Creek Campground, just a few minutes north from Apgar. It's a large campground with serval loops and many great sites.   Fish Creek is different for a couple of reasons; they take reservations and they have showers.  Since there are no pay showers in the park, this can be an important distinction.  I'm told it's difficult to get a Fish Creek campsite without a reservation.

 

From Fish Creek, I took Camas Creek Road north, then west before exiting The Park at the Camas Entrance. When Camas Creek Road dead-ends, I took Outside North Fork Road north along the Flathead River.  Most of this road in unpaved but it's well-graded and accessible to any type of vehicle.  

 

The town of Polebridge is electricity-free community with a restaurant, a hostel, a mercantile and some cabins.  Everything in Polebridge runs off of generators.

 

I re-entered the park at the Polebridge Ranger Station.  Bowman Lake, Kintla Lake and Quartz Lake are all accessible from the Polebridge entrance.   I explored the area and did a little fishing in Bowman Creek before paling it a day and heading back to Apgar.  

 

Glacier National Park is an amazing place and I hope to spend more time here on my next visit.  I'll be leaving Glacier tomorrow and heading west to Spokane for a brief visit with an old friend.  

 

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