It’s a long day hike to Upper Kintla Lake from the (Lower) Kintla Lake campground and Boulder Pass Trailhead, so consider getting a backcountry permit ahead of time and then camping here for a spell. You’ll be glad you did, as the climb up to or back down from spectacularly scenic Boulder Pass is a long, steep and grueling one!

Common loons, numerous woodpecker species, bald eagles, ospreys, bats, owls often provide the background music both here and on Lower Kintla Lake, but also remember to be very bear and cougar aware , as nearly all of Glacier is prime grizzly, black bear and mountain lion habitat. Upper Kintla Lake is also home to the endangered bull trout and is closed to fishing.