Quartz Creek Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5-7h
Distance
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22.2 km
Elevation
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330 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Quartz Creek Trail is a relaxing hike on a remote trail in Glacier National Park. The hike takes you through mostly forested areas and opens up to occasional meadows filled with wildflowers in the summer months. In the spring, Quartz Creek can be dangerous with high, heavy water flow, so be mindful of this if you are hiking during these months as you have to cross the creek towards the end of the trail.

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Route Description for Quartz Creek Trail

Quartz Creek Trail is a tranquil hike through mostly forested areas with occasional meadows popping up. This trail can be done as an out and back or as a one-way, and would end at Lower Quartz Lake Campground area. If you choose the one-way journey, be aware that you have to cross Quartz Creek by foot as there is no bridge, and the water levels can be dangerous in the spring and early summer months.

The trail begins off of Inside North Fork Road and opens up into a meadow. Continuing on, you will come across a home that is a homestead property, which is one of the original homes in the park. After this, the trail becomes more forested and dense and can be overgrown in some areas. You will then arrive at Quartz Creek, and you can turn around here and head back or cross the creek with caution, and end at the Lower Quartz Lake Campground as a one-way trail.

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Getting to the Quartz Creek Trail Trailhead

To get to Quartz Creek Trailhead from Polebridge, head East on Polebridge Loop toward Polebridge Lane and in 0.7 mi, continue onto Glacier Drive. After 0.7 mi, turn left to continue on Glacier Drive and then turn right onto Inside North Fork Road. After traveling for 5.5 mi, take your first left, and then the second left and you will arrive at your destination.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Lower Quartz Lake Campground

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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