The Nyack Loop
West Glacier, MT
The Nyack Loop
One of your best chances for solitude and a "true" wilderness experience in Glacier National Park. Many trails in Glacier Park are heavily used.Others receive surprisingly little use, although they host as many backcountry rewards. The Nyack Loop is an excellent example of the latter.Keep in mind, though that if you plan to ford the river to access the Nyack Creek and Coal Creek Trailheads, you have to wait until August to take this trip. The trail follows Nyack Creek (named after Nyack Flats on the west side of the river) as it flows over a gorgeous falls and colorful bedrock. Mount Stimson, an incredible hulk of a mountain, dominates the landscape for much of the hike. And you can get a few nice views of mighty Mount St. Nicholas from the Coal Creek Trail. In addition plan on seeing more wildlife, including the grizzly, than you can find in most sections of the park. And unlike most of the park, you can camp almost anywhere instead of in often-trampled designated campsites. So, what keeps the trail from heavy use? Well, it’s a long 37 miles plus side trips — and offers no fishing (the entire drainage closed to protect endangered bull trout habitat). In addition it starts and ends by fording the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, which can be a stressful experience under some circumstances. But if you aren’t a fanatic angler, can tolerate getting your feet wet, and do not mind long walks, this could turn out to be the backpacking vacation of your life. Plan to take at least four days, though you could easily spend a week on this hike without regretting it. The Nyack Loop is wild nature at its finest.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||West Glacier|
|Elevation Gain||2,000 ft|
|Duration||Extended backpack; shuttle with loop option|
|Season||August through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||3,300 ft|
|Top Elevation||5,300 ft|
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