Sometimes the best things happen when you can't do what you originally intended to do. Many Glacier was full this weekend and the park service were making people turn around at the entrance.
But ... there was one parking space left at the turnout before the entrance and we decided to scrap our plans and do the hike that started right there at the entrance to Poia Lake.
It was a hell of a hike - 1,400 feet in elevation gain in the first mile, but well worth it. The trail went up up up and then down down down to Poia Lake, one of the prettiest lakes in Glacier. And all of the wildflowers were blooming. We've never been there before, and it turned about to be the perfect day to do it. And for the most part, we were the only people on the trail.
I highly recommend this trail. It’s only 8 miles long and will get you in shape with a lot of elevation gain and beauty.