Tired of the crowds in Glacier National Park and looking to add some gymnastics to your hiking experience? Try the Snyder Ridge Fire Trail in early season.
Others have called this a “poorly maintained trail through a wooded ridge with limited views” which is true. But where else can you have the trail all to yourself in Glacier (at least without a ford)?
|A series of single blowdowns of varying heights provide a warm up on the climb to the ridge.|
|A few triples. You can almost get a rhythm going if you get a running start.|
|All quiet going through massive groves of old-growth cedar.|
|Rest at the view-through-the-trees once you gain the ridge|
|Then a clear part. It's enough to get your hopes up that maybe it won't be so hard the entire way.|
|Then more of this.|
|Some trees are so big that have to launch yourself up to get up on top of them.|
Navigating the playground is not a walk in the park. Over seven miles of gymnastics is exhausting. Especially when you get turned around and end up going the wrong direction for an hour.
Did that just happen? An entire hour of not once checking map, compass or Gaia GPS? Not once looking up to see the mountain peaks on the wrong side? Not even looking at the cell phone!
When’s the last time *anything* has been that engaging?
|Close up view of beetle galleries.|
It’s OK to bail. The Lincoln Creek Trail intersects the Snyder Ridge Trail and leads 1.7 miles down to the Sun road. It’s a well-maintained trail, another world. Near the trailhead, there are even people! Hitchhiking in Glaicer is easy. Much easier than doing this as an out and back.
THANK YOU to the sweet young couple from Bigfork for the ride back to my car!
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Snyder Ridge Fire Trail
Date hiked: 5/2/2016