Share:

Howe Lake Trail

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

Start Exploring
Howe Lake Trail

Share:

Advertisement
  • Howe Lake Trailhead.- Howe Lake Trail
  • Howe Lake Trail.- Howe Lake Trail
  • Golden wildflowers along the trail.- Howe Lake Trail
  • Lower Howe Lake.- Howe Lake Trail
  • Lower Howe Lake.- Howe Lake Trail
  • Lower Howe Lake.- Howe Lake Trail
  • There are fishing restrictions on Upper Howe Lake.- Howe Lake Trail
  • New growth begins the renewal process after fire.- Howe Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Not crowded. Beautiful lake and mountain views.
Cons: 
Trail passes through some burned out areas.
Advertisement
Region:
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
315.00 ft (96.01 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,842.00 ft (1,171.04 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

Off the beaten path in an obscure corner of Glacier National Park, the hike to Howe Lake does not have the spectacular mountain and glacier views of the more well-known trails. What it does offer is the solitude of a lightly-traveled route that leads to a lovely lake with distant views of the high peaks around Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The road to the trailhead is dirt, but it is passable with a passenger car. There are some steep drop-offs and bumpy spots. The trail runs through some areas that were burned several years ago, and typically the fireweed is rampant. There is not much climbing, and the trail is easy to follow.

There are two Howe Lakes, the lower and upper closely spaced with a swampy area between. The trail becomes obscure just past the first lake, and this is a good place to turn around. The lakes are lovely and are set in a wet area that stays very green late in the summer with lots of wildflowers.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(7 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(38 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
Become a pioneer and be the first to add this adventure to your Bucket List
Who's Done It
Have you done this adventure? If so, be the first to check this adventure off your list.
Submission by
Pro Contributor
628 Adventures Explored
559 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info