The Apgar Corral is located near the West Entrance of the park. We offer several trail rides from this location. Additional time for paperwork, safety briefing, and loading process is not counted in “time in the saddle” . Please plan for an extra 45 minutes for the check-in process.
The image above is an approximate representation of the Apgar Horse Use Trail System, not to scale.
1 hour in the saddle
This one-hour non-stop ride is a great option for beginner riders or those with a busy schedule. The trail takes you through a forest of predominantly lodgepole pine. We will ride past either the Flathead river or the Oxbow of McDonald Creek for a quick glimpse. Throughout the ride there are good opportunities to see animals such as birds, deer, fox, and even the occasional bear! This mild trail doesn’t gain any elevation so riders can focus instead on the horse and their surroundings. Apgar meadows riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
C.M. Russell Trail
2 hours in the saddle
This two hour non-stop ride is our most popular Apgar offering. You’ll love the combination of cruising underneath the green canopy of a lodgepole forest while sometimes popping out for a view of the both the powerful Middle Fork of the Flathead River and the tranquil, aqua-blue lower portion of McDonald Creek. The Apgar lodgepole forest is home to plenty of resident wildlife including black bear, deer, fox and beavers – so keep your eyes peeled! This mild trail doesn’t gain any elevation so riders can focus instead on the horse and their surroundings. C.M. Russell riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
3 hours in the saddle
This three hour non-stop ride builds on the one and two hour trails, but then continues across Lower McDonald Creek over a bridge. It then passes through meadows and climbs mild hills. There is very brief, but excellent view of Lake McDonald. This ride is great for those who want a little more time in the saddle, but want something still mild and tranquil compared to the steep climb of the Apgar Lookout ride. Camas loop riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
4 hours in the saddle
This half day ride takes you up Apgar Mountain, which burned in the 2003 Roberts Fire, to the NPS fire lookout and radio tower at the top. The lack of trees from the burn and the steepness of the trail provide incredible views that keep getting better as you climb to the top. However, the exposure and steep grade can be too intense for riders with a fear of heights. This trail is recommended for more experienced riders due to the steep switchbacks (2500 foot elevation gain). Once you reach the top, we will dismount for a stretch break. You are treated to panoramic views of the Lake McDonald Valley, the North Fork, the Gateway to Glacier Canyon and even glimpses of the Great Bear Wilderness. There is very little tree cover since you are riding through a burn, so bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, and securely fitting hat. For your safety you are required to bring at least 1 liter of water and a snack. You must book at least a day in advance. This ride has limited availability and a four person minimum (smaller groups can be combined). Apgar lookout riders must be 10 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.