ElevationAscent: 963' 293 m
Descent: -266' -81 m
High: 4,282' 1,305 m
Low: 3,519' 1,073 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A remote trail along a creek that bounces between forests and meadows.”— Jake Bramante
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.
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Land Manager: NPS - Glacier National Park