Apgar Cross Country Skiing

In the Apgar area, there are several ungroomed cross country skiing options.

First, the Apgar Lookout route is a 10.5 round trip trek starting from the concession Horse Barn. It follows the left fork of an unplowed road across the Quarter Circle Bridge. Take the right fork and follow the road 0.5 miles until the actual Apgar Lookout trailhead is reached. Climbing skins may be necessary to reach the lookout. Return via the same route.

Second, the McGee Meadow Loop is a 11.5 mile trek northwest from Apgar at the McDonald Creek Bridge parking area. From the parking area, follow the right fork of the road up the shore of Lake McDonald towards Fish Creek Campground. Bear left past the campground on Inside North Fork Road. Watch for the orange marker for McGee Meadow trail. Ski the northern edge of the meadow to Camas Road and follow south back to the trailhead parking.

Apgar Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  Glacier National Park (406) 888-7800; Glacier Vistors (800) 338-5072; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868; Glacier Nordic Touring Center (406) 862-9498; Outback Shack, Whitefish (406) 862-9498; Avalanche Report (406) 257-8402.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Recommended Map:  "Glacier National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Izaak Walton Inn (406) 888-5700

Luxury Loding:  Grouse Mountain Lodge (800) 321-8822; Mountain Timbers (800) 841-3835.

Breakfast Restaurant:  Buffalo Cafe, Whitefish; Whitefish Times Coffee

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

Apgar Cross Country Skiing Map


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