Find solitude along the western edge of Glacier National Park

Story & photography by Greg Lindstrom
A s the din of summer begins to mute, make time to retreat to the North Fork to discover an even deeper silence. This world stays tucked away, frozen in time, as it was hundreds of years ago. The water feels more wild, the wind more biting and the wildlife fiercer. The bustling crowds of summer are nonexistent, and the landscape offers a chance to reflect on the changing seasons.

Polebridge offers the perfect jumping-off point for fishing, hunting or hiking. Bowman Lake, just north of Polebridge in Glacier National Park, is a primitive campground in autumn that features rugged mountain views at the lake’s edge. Explore the area at dawn and dusk for the best chance to see wildlife – otters to osprey, elk to eagles.

The fall foliage usually peaks early in October. If you’re lucky enough to catch a bluebird day after a passing storm, the snowcapped peaks in Glacier National Park will leave you speechless.