I love a drive up the North Fork, which will easily fill your entire day. The intermittent washboard and potholed/paved road gives you a chance to reflect while your passengers gawk at the scenery. Over a decade ago, a huge forest fire burned through this area, and today the views are open to the northwestern peaks in Glacier National Park.
There is plenty to explore in Polebridge, an original homestead from the late 1800’s, you will find the most amazing off-grid pastries, and some necessities in the mercantile. In the summer, the North Fork Saloon serves up remote gourmet dinner nightly and boasts a full bar where beer is kept cold by generator.
From Polebridge you can cross the North Fork of the Flathead River and head into Glacier, where you can make your way six miles to Bowman Lake, or 15 miles to Kintla Lake which accesses some of the most remote land in the Park. If you choose not to go into the Park, there are several Forest Service Cabin rentals farther north, “up the North Fork”. This area is extremely remote, and the chance of spotting a wolf, moose, elk and bear is highly likely. Stop to pick the huckleberries, and don’t forget the bear spray!