Quartz Lake Loop Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6-8h
Distance
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20.4 km
Elevation
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799 m
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The Quartz Lake Loop Trail is an incredibly serene and picturesque hike. The trail gains elevation quickly and takes you up to a high ridge before beginning to descend to the foot of Quartz Lake. You can take in stunning views throughout this entire hike and every twist and turn will showcase beauty.

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Route Description for Quartz Lake Loop Trail

Exploring Quartz Lake Loop Trail will engage all of your senses as you wander through this serene part of Glacier National Park. The hike begins at the West Lake Trailhead, and you will cross a wooden footbridge that suspends over Bowman Creek. This is quite the view at the beginning of the hike. After walking for 0.4 mi, you will arrive at the Quartz Lake Loop junction, stay to the left and hike a rather steep climb up to a high ridge. You will hike through a forested area during this time that is full of greenery and is surrounded by very tall trees.

After your climb, you will begin your descent down to the foot of Quartz Lake. You will see the damage of the 1988 North Fork Fire during your walk through this area, and then Quartz Lake will come into view.

Once you reach the foot of Quartz Lake, you will see the Livingstone Range that houses Logging Mountain, Vulture Peak and Cerulean Ridge. Continuing on, you will arrive at Quartz Lake Campground where some hikers chose to stay the night. At 6.5 mi into the trail, you will walk along Quartz Lake, which will lead you to Lower Quartz Lake and Lower Quartz Lake Campground after 2.0 mi. After this, you will begin to loop around and will face ascending terrain once again until you reach the beginning.

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Getting to the Quartz Lake Loop Trail Trailhead

To get to the Quartz Lake Loop Trail, head Northeast toward Glacier Drive and turn right. Turn left onto Inside North Fork Road, and in 0.2 mi, turn right onto Bowman Lake Road. After driving for 5.4 mi, turn right and arrive at your destination.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May - September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Quartz Lake Campground

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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