Bow Lake to Bow Glacier
Directions to trail head
Hazards on trail
A challenging but very rewarding hike from Num-Ti-Jah Lodge to Bow Hut, and then to the edge of the Bow Glacier. Follow the trail along the north bank of Bow Lake, and then along the creek coming into it. As you head southward, you enter a canyon with steps built into the hill. Shortly beyond the steps is a junction, with the right branch leading to Bow Falls and the left branch going toward Bow Hut and Bow Glacier.
Take the trail toward Bow Hut. Very soon you cross a rock bridge over the gorge below. Take care here as the rock is quite huge and does not offer great handholds.
Follow the trail through the valley until you reach the bowl below the glaciers. Look for Bow Hut on the ridge above and to the right. To get there, you need to enter the bowl, and cross several small streams along the way. Be careful here as the rocks can be slippery. Proceed up the ridge to the hut.
We stopped for lunch when we reached Bow Hut. Then we went further beyond to the edge of Bow Glacier about 1 Km beyond Bow Hut. After some sightseeing, we returned on the same path as we took on the way up. The Topo image below shows our return track from the glacier back to the lodge. The GPX file attached includes both the ascent track and the descent track and significant waypoints.
Elevation Profile Image
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