Boat on your back

Boat on your back

 POLEBRIDGE - Not to sell Quartz Lake short, but as Glacier National Park destinations go, it's tough to love.

The six-mile trail from Bowman Lake Campground offers no views of Bowman Lake or Quartz as it bores through the forest.

Even when it hits a massive fire scar on the south side of Quartz Ridge, new lodgepole growth blocks most of the vista. And once you finally reach the beach and its admittedly elegant perspective of Vulture Peak, that's the end of the...

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