Snyder Ridge

Print Article

Hiking through a grove of giant red cedars.

The Snyder Ridge Trail in Glacier National Park wonít go down as a favorite, which isnít to say itís unpleasant. It is very pleasant. Itís a nice walk in the trees as it rises slowly, but surely, above the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Despite the heavy traffic on the road over the Labor Day weekend, the forest quickly absorbed the noise and soon, you canít hear the road at all.

Such are the charms of Glacier National Park. Finding the trailhead is a bit tricky. Itís barely marked, tucked between the first and second turnouts on the Sun Road east of Apgar. The trail rises just under 1,700 feet to the top of the ridge. At first itís a slow rise up, but after crossing a large gully with a small stream, the trail gets serious as it rises steeply to the ridgetop.

From the top, thereís a glimpse of Lake McDonald below and Mount Stanton, but thatís about it. It then descends slightly to the junction of the Lincoln Lake Trail. You can hike it all the way to Lake McDonald Lodge if you want, itís about 11 miles, one-way. Our goal on this day was to get to the top of the ridge, which was roughly six miles in.

The ridge has lots of huckleberry bushes, but they looked to have been picked clean.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was a small stand of old-growth cedars, giants growing about 1,000 feet above the Sun Road.

ó Chris Peterson

Print Article

Read More Glacier Park

Trails in Sprague Fire area will take time to clear, repair, Park Service notes

February 14, 2018 at 8:30 am | Hungry Horse News Glacier National Park is predicting it will take a couple of seasons to fully repair trails and clear downed trees from last summerís Sprague Creek Fire. The fire burned over several popular trails ...

Comments

Read More

Glacier will allow small boats with electric motors on more lakes this summer

February 07, 2018 at 8:06 am | Hungry Horse News Glacier National Park will allow non-trailered, non-water cooled boats with electric motors on Bowman, Two Medicine and St. Mary lakes this summer. Last year, in response to the discovery of non-nat...

Comments

Read More

Glacier National Park looks at leasing historic cabins on Lake McDonald

February 01, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Hungry Horse News Imagine living in a historic cabin on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. That vision could become a reality as Glacier officials last week released an environmental assessment that would allow ...

Comments

Read More

Former Glacier Park ranger now flying rescue missions

January 31, 2018 at 10:25 am | Hungry Horse News By day, 66-year-old EMS Manager Dick Sine occupies an office at the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services, juggling papers and making calls to ensure each ambulance and paramedic in the county...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X