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Red Eagle Lake

Suspension bridge over Red Eagle Creek

This hike is not for the less than serious hiker. If you are physically fit and have come prepared for a fifteen mile round trip, your rewards will be great.

What we call the Red Eagle Lake and Mountain was originally called "Mahxi Pita " by the Blackfeet Indian tribe. There are many places in Glacier National Park by this name, some are in the south western part of the park.  Red Eagle Pass was the route the Indians used most to cross over the Continental Divide.

The hike we want to tell you about today starts from the parking lot of the Historic 1913 Ranger Station. The first mile will take you along Red Eagle road. You will enjoy walking along St Mary's Lake, than up a hill where you will follow a well maintained and marked path.

We suggest that you plan to leave early to enjoy the sun coming up and the songs of the many different birds that reside here. It’s a habitat that supports many species. Their cheerful early morning calls welcome the warmth of the sunshine. The sun shining on St Mary's Valley and Red Eagle Valley will make you glad to have your camera with you.

If you are a hiker like me, you will be taking plenty of short breaks for resting and enjoying the scenery along the way.  You may want to plan on camping overnight at Red Eagle Lake, and have a fresh start back in the morning.

Your hike will take you through a forest of Douglas Fir and fields of shade loving flowers. You should also find lots of wildlife along with different birds. Just remember to observe any animals from a distance. Don’t try to get too close. As for the flowers, please leave them as you find them. They are acclimated to this soil and the cold winters. Just enjoy them and move on.

You will find after a little over a mile, a sign that marks the trail back to your starting point . Or after a couple of miles, you will come to a beautiful meadow. Just ahead you will see Red Eagle Mountain. To your right you will see St Mary's Valley, and Logan Pass. Over to the south side of this meadow you will hear the music of the wind singing in the Aspen trees. You may want to rest here and enjoy the many wild flowers that fill this open field.

Soon your trip will take you into the Red Eagle Creek drainage. Here you will cross the creek on a suspension bridge, look around closely, you may see Moose and Bear at this point.

You will soon come to a junction of St Mary's trail and Red Eagle Lake trail. You will cross another bridge, and continue on toward Red Eagle Lake. The next 3 miles take you through Douglas fir and Spruce trees. After you have gone across a small stream, you will climb a short hill and once again see Red Eagle Lake. It’s only a short walk now.

You have completed a very scenic hike and we hope you have enjoyed every minute of it . Tell your friends and come back soon.

Red Eagle Lake Glacier National Park

Happy Hiking
Red Eagle Lake, written by Verna Parks.




Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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