North Fork Cross Country Ski Trails - Glacier National Park
The routes described follow the unplowed gravel roads originating at the Polebridge Ranger Station. Access to the area is via county road 486 (the North Fork Road), running north from Columbia Falls to the Canadian boundary. This road is infrequently plowed and skiers should check on local road conditions. Park on the east side of the North Fork Bridge at Polebridge Ranger Station.
4 miles round trip
Ski this mostly level route from the ranger station through the 1988 burn to a large natural meadow and return. Keep left at both road junctions. Highlights include views of the North Fork of the Flathead River, the Whitefish Range to the west, and the Livingston Range to the east.
12 miles round trip
After leaving the ranger station go left at the first junction, then right at the second. Several hills on this route may be difficult when icy. The reduced forest canopy left by the 1988 burn provides excellent views of the mountains. The route continues through the forest to a spectacular view at the foot of Bowman Lake.
Covey Meadow Loop
3 miles round trip
After leaving the Polebridge Ranger Station go right at the gate for approximately 100 yards, then turn left into the natural meadow. The route circles around to intersect with the Lone Pine Prairie trail at a high bank overlooking the North Fork of the Flathead. This trip offers an excellent outing for families with small children.
Lone Pine Prairie
6 miles round trip
Ski right, at the first road junction north of the ranger station, over low hills to a natural meadow. This route affords views of the river, the mountains, and the 1988 burn. An easy trail leaves from the eastern edge of Lone Pine Prairie to Hidden Meadow (2.4 miles round trip).