Nyack Loop, Glacier National Park

The Nyack Loop is a 46 mile loop that circles the least maintained area of the park. Although it has 4 established campgrounds, it is the only area of the park with at-large camping (but a permit is still required). The advantage of the established camps are the bear bars. Unlike most of the other trails, the loop has 17 river or creek crossings that could be wet. Just to make sure you are prepared for high water, it starts and ends with a ford of the Flathead River where you are guaranteed to get wet.

The Hike: The Nyack Loop was to be the first hike of our back-to-back adventure on September 2008. Unfortunately a combination of one team member showing up 7 hours late and the advisory from the back country permit office that there were over 200 downed trees between Coal Creek and Surprise Pass meant we needed to come up with a new plan. The Gunsight Pass Trail was the new plan.

The Map: This map is 1:24,000 scale based on the USGS topos and is available as a free download. The map was our preliminary map for the trip and though the trail basically follows the one depicted on the original topo, both this map and the trail mileage table were finalized based on the information provided by the Trails Illustrated map of Glacier and two trail books. The red trail is the loop. The designated campsites are green "^" and the water crossings are blue "X".

Google Earth Views:
Coal Creek
Martha Basin
Nyack Creek

To Buy Map: This map is FREE.

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