via Flickr user USFWSmidwest

via Flickr user USFWSmidwest

3 Hidden Spots for Fall Foliage Near Glacier National Park

Larch (also known as Tamarack!) trees are the jewels of the landscape when fall colors start to pop out in September. In any corner of Glacier National Park and the surrounding countryside, you have the opportunity to see brilliant color shows in autumn. But these three hidden spots will give you off-the-beaten-path seclusion right along with the views.

Walk with Larch

The Coram Experimental Forest gives a place for native species to settle in their roots, as well as education and research opportunities.  The species that grows wild on the hills around the lodge and in the experimental forest are primarily Western Larch, but head over to the Hungry Horse Ranger Station after a short stroll down the path in the experimental forest (about a mile walk) and take a look at the arboretum there. You’ll find the ten species of larch found naturally in the world, as well as five human-created hybrid species.

Hungry Horse Reservoir

The reservoir is magnificent at any time of year, but in the fall, views of the mountains over the water merge with vivid yellow hillsides. Cross the Hungry Horse Dam (an experience in itself) and take the road around the reservoir to take in the views. The road does turn to dirt and gravel after several miles, but the paved section is more than enough to experience the vistas if your car isn’t feeling adventurous.

Highway 2 to Goat Lick

Image on right via Flickr user Dan Hutcheson

Image on right via Flickr user Dan Hutcheson

Take the chance to combine two good things and drive east along Highway 2 from the lodge, past West Glacier, and around the southern boundary of Glacier National Park to Goat Lick Overlook. The vivid yellow trees frame the hour drive, with a prime opportunity to spot wildlife when you reach the mineral-rich cliffs where mountain goats congregate.