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Apgar Mountain Horse Loop

Intermediate
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A trail used by the horse concessionaires that travels up a hillside through an old burn.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Point to Point

3,583' 1,092 m

High

3,202' 976 m

Low

404' 123 m

Up

304' 93 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail is primarily used by the horse concessionaire. The trail breaks off of the Apgar Mountain Horse Loop (South) trail after a nice overlook of McDonald Creek and begins climbing up through a mix of burned and unburned forest. The trail is a nice trail, but can have downfall in the spring. The grade is steady at first, but this one levels off as it travels through the continued mix of forests which make for nice forest birding. It comes to the loop that wraps around up the hillside.

Taking a right has you work your way near a feeder stream, then up the hillside. The trail is a little steeper here and filtered views of Lake McDonald are nice, but the silver trees left over from the burn don't make for great photos.

As the trail gets higher, it enters a stretch towards the top of an older forest before traversing and dropping down to more of the same mix of burned and unburned forest and closing the loop.

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Flora & Fauna

Forest flowers such as arnica in the spring and fireweed in early summer. Many forest birds such as wrens, chickadees, and woodpeckers. Potential for deer and the occasional bear.

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Jake Bramante

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  3.0 from 2 votes

#22

in Lake McDonald

#27703

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#22

in Lake McDonald

#570

in Montana

#27,703

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Photos

Spring trip video of Apgar Horse loops.
Jun 16, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Looking towards Lake McDonald from the Apgar Mountain Horse Loop.
Jun 16, 2016 near Apgar, MT

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