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Numa Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (6)

A trail up a wooded ridge that breaks up to incredible views of an emerald lake and jagged peaks.


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Map Key

5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Point to Point

6,954' 2,120 m

High

4,060' 1,237 m

Low

2,971' 906 m

Up

77' 23 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail breaks off from the Bowman Lake Trail and leaves the shores of Bowman Lake and enters in the woods. For the next 3.5 miles, you spend most of your time in an older, pleasant forest, with little views to speak of as you climb. You'll pass a pond at the saddle which you won't see, but the bugs and the warblers nearby let you know of its existence.

From there, the trail begins to climb in earnest. The density and height of the trees decreases with the elevation giving you better and better views as you get higher. The terrain dries out more and more as the trail switchbacks up the mountain. This is a south-facing slope and can get pretty hot. Make sure that you bring all of the water that you need as there isn't any along this trail at all, including at the staffed lookout. As you break out into the sun, you'll appreciate it.

Finally, after climbing 2,900 feet, you reach the top. To the southwest are the foothills of the North Fork area. Bowman Lake is stunning below you. Turning around is a wall of summits of the Livingston Range with Rainbow Peak across the valley being the most noteworthy and impressive.

The lookout is staffed in the summer, but offers no water or services.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Denser forest yields forest flowers, small birds, and squirrels/chipmunks. Deer and black bear are sometimes seen along the trail. Up in the alpine section, marmots, clark's nutcrackers and the occasional bear or mountain goat can be seen.

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Jake Bramante

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 6 votes

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#7482

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in North Fork

#192

in Montana

#7,482

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Photos

At the Summit of Numa Ridge Lookout. Rainbow peak visible in the background.
Aug 17, 2020 near Trailcreek, MT
Trip video of Numa Ridge Lookout.
Jun 2, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT
View of Bowman Lake from the steps of the lookout.
Jun 2, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT

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May 25, 2021
John Goodrick
Beautiful and snowy at the top in May. Uphill the whole way.
Aug 2, 2020
Rachael Burganowski
11.6mi
Jul 23, 2020
Megan Land
Jul 31, 2019
Liz Gazzola
6 in 6 out, beautiful fire lookout at top with incredible views of West Glacier, lots of huckleberries, saw a grizzly 6mi
Jun 15, 2019
Rachel Norton
Amazing hike! Elevation is very steady, and there are some great views on the trail and from the lookout 12mi
Sep 23, 2018
Scott Zajac
Nice trail to lookout. A little mud. Rewarding views along the way. No views from the top as clouds made it impossible to see the scenery. A must do! 11.4mi
Sep 1, 2018
Wayne Buchholtz
Aug 4, 2018
Corey Mcclure