Making sure we visited all of the sections of Glacier National Park meant we still had one section we had yet to see, Polebridge. As we left our RV park and headed into the National Park we drove northwest on paved road which eventually turned into a gravel road. We could see that this side of the park suffered from past wildfires but it is on the road to recovery since it is greening up. nicely However, there are still the telltale dead timbers scattered throughout this young forest. Of course it is easier to see wildlife in burned areas and we spotted a few mule deer foraging in a meadow.
After a short way up the road we came to the little town of Polebridge. It is in the northwestern edge of the park and it is to this day electricity free which is surprising as there is a small community there. Our first stop was at the Polebridge Mercantile Store where we stopped in to buy some goodies from the bakery there. I had read they make some killer huckleberry macaroons and as it is huckleberry season so I had to get some. They were exquisite and Sharon’s huckleberry bar was pretty dang good as well.
After enjoying our treats we continued our quest to Bowman Lake where we intended to hike around part of the lake. A long and very narrow at times rough pot holed dirt road led to the Lake’s trailhead and after 30 minutes of driving, bouncing and pulling over to allow other motorists traveling in the other direction to go by we made it there. Spotting more deer as we parked and walked through the campground.
Bowman lake is yet another Glacier NP beauty surrounded by majestic mountains. The trail we took was mostly flat with little elevational change. Lush in vegetation the biggest disappointment in hiking this trail was lack of turnouts to take us to the water’s edge. Nonetheless we enjoyed hiking around Bowman Lake and only saw a few other hikers out on the trail which was quite the contrast to the Trail of the Cedars which was very crowded.
After finishing our hike we drove back to the Mercantile Store. Next door to the store is the Northern Lights Saloon and Restaurant where they not only serve some frosty beverages but they also serve some homemade huckleberry pie. Not being hungry we decided to forgo the pie and I had a very tasty, and appropriately named, Going to the Sun IPA… Yep, life is pretty good for us here in Montana…