Cradled between the Continental Divide and Whitefish Mountain Range and located a mile from the northwest entrance to Glacier National Park is the electricity-free community of Polebridge. Made up of a handful of houses, cabins, a hostel and small ranches along the North Fork Road, the hub of this area is the historic Polebridge Mercantile and its neighboring Northern Lights Saloon—both powered by generators. "The Merc" is a one stop shop for locals and visitors alike and is famous throughout the state and region for its freshly baked breads and pastries, sandwiches and authentic personality. When someone finds out you went to Polebridge, the first question is always: “Did you get a huckleberry bear claw?”
The surrounding area consists of some of the most remote and beautiful country in the lower 48. Take a drive to Bowman Lake or hike the Quartz Lake Loop. Or meander up to the Canadian Border and explore the northern reaches of Flathead National Forest along the way. Backpackers get dropped off at the foot of Bowman or Kintla lake to journey to Hole-In-The-Wall and Boulder Pass, the crowning glory of North American Backpacking.
Polebridge is located about 28 miles north of Moss Mountain Inn on the North Fork Road, which is part paved, part gravel.