OverviewNuma Peak is a rarely visited mountain in the remote NW corner of the park situated midway up the western shores of Bowman Lake. It is situated almost directly across the lake from the more well known Rainbow Peak and is about 2 miles north of Numa Lookout which is on the same ridgeline forming the eastern boundary of the Akakola creek valley. It has the advantage of easier access than Rainbow Pk since you can hike directly to the start of the climb without need of a boat. It is part of the northern Livingston range of mountains. It can best be reached by taking the N Fork road to Polebridge and entering the park at that point and driving to the Bowman Lake campground which is about 4,030’ elevation. Views from the summit are superb with Kintla and Kinnerly to the north, Rainbow and Carter across the lake to the east, Reuter to the west and most of the wild and almost never visited Livingston Range stretching out to the southeast. The climb is best attempted in the late summer or early fall since the eastern flanks are likely to well guarded with snow if you go much earlier. Several years ago a GMS climb encountered much difficulty transitioning from the snow/ice onto the cliffs for the climb. This is a full day climb with about 16 miles of travel roundtrip and about 5,000' vertical gain.
Getting ThereThe most practical approach is starting in Columbia Falls and driving up the North Fork road to Polebridge where a bridge crosses the N Fork of the Flathead River and there is a park entrance station. After entering, take the rough road about 6 miles to Bowman Lake. A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park
From Bowman Lake trailhead, take the trail to Brown Pass for about 6 miles until you are across the lake from the stream draining the south side of Rainbow Peak. There is a similar creek on your left coming down from Numa. Follow this drainage on the north(right) side, up several thousand feet to a large bowl beneath the SE face of Numa. The bushwhack is quite bad in parts of this ascent, but should be less if you move a bit further north while climbing.
Red TapeNational Park entrance fees apply in Glacier National Park. See Entrance Fees
CampingThere is a nice campground at Bowman Lake where the trailhead for this climb is located.
GNP Campground Status and Infor
External Links and GuidebooksGlacier Mountaineers Society
Guidebook: A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park
Trail guide: Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks