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Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In Montana Will Give You A Surreal Experience

Montana is full of mystery. Despite centuries of human exploration, there is still so much to learn about the Treasure State. Glacier National Park is no exception, with thousands of acres still remaining unknown territory for most of us.

Look around the Poia Lake area, which you’ll find if you hike the Red Gap Pass Trail, and you just might find the Poia Lake Cave. Very little is known about this aboveground cave in Montana, but the explorers who have ventured inside say it’s a totally surreal experience.

To explore the Poia Lake Cave, you will need a permit. However, they are free of charge and easily obtained anywhere you can go for a backcountry permit.

The harrowing entrance and tight quarters of this cave make it best for a seasoned explorer to experience—so if you’re a novice, make sure you ask someone who’s more of an expert caver to join you. That being said, this is far from Montana’s most dangerous caverns, and if you’re in the area, it’s absolutely worth checking out.

Of course, there is also a well-known tourist cave in Montana, so you can always venture over to the Lewis and Clark Caverns.

Jessica Wick
Jessica Wick is a writer and travel enthusiast who loves exploring new places, meeting new people and, of course, beautiful Big Sky Country and every part of Washington State.