Hiking Project Logo

Quartz Creek

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.1 mile 11.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 963' 293 m
Descent: -266' -81 m
High: 4,282' 1,305 m
Low: 3,519' 1,073 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A remote trail along a creek that bounces between forests and meadows.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bring bear spray.

Description

The trailhead is found on the Inside North Fork Road between Polebridge and Logging Lake. It is less traveled and receives less maintenance than most of Glacier's other trails, so be aware that it may have more downfall and be a bit more overgrown.

The trail starts out in the open meadows of the North Fork area with younger lodgepole pines sprouting up. It's an old road and the travel is easy. You are near the creek, but aren't right alongside it. You come to a large meadow with a slightly newer house which is one of the original homestead properties in the park. From here, the trail becomes singletrack and spends more time in forests.

You eventually come to a crossing of Quartz Creek. In the spring, during runoff, the creek can be dangerous to ford, so make sure you check the trail status report or with a ranger. From here, you follow up the creek on the east side where it goes through more open forests and smaller meadows until you reach the campground at Lower Quartz Lake and the Quartz Lake Loop trail.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Forest flowers and great flowers in the meadows in spring and early summer such as geraniums. Expect to see small forest birds, hawks, and small mammals. Deer, elk and, to a lesser extent, bear can be found in this area.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  2.5 from 2 votes

#13

in North Fork

#31953

Overall
  2.5 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
50%
2 Star
50%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#13

in North Fork

#491

in Montana

#31,953

Overall
3 Views Last Month
376 Since Sep 2, 2015
Easy/Intermediate

0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Trip video for Quartz Creek to Quartz Lake Loop.
May 16, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT
Bridge over Quartz Creek where the Quartz Creek Trail links up with the Quartz Lake Loop Trail.
May 16, 2016 near Trailcreek, MT

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking