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The road to Two Medicine and a loop of the Two Medicine Campground are anticipated to open by mid-day on Saturday, April 18. Services will be limited. Two Medicine is located on the east side of the park, approximately 13 miles from the community of East Glacier.

The Two Medicine Campground is planned to open Saturday with limited sites, on a first-come first-serve basis. Water and restroom facilities will be available and the nightly camping fee will be $20. The recreational vehicle dump station will not be available.

The Two Medicine Lake is free of ice. The boat dock will not be available and boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) must be scheduled in advance by contacting the park at 406-888-7800. The restroom facility near the lake will be open. The general store will not be open.

Two Medicine, once the hub of all Glacier Park activity. Prior to building the Going-to-the-Sun Road, most visitors arrived by train at East Glacier, traveling by horseback to visit the many chalets built in the park. Two Medicine would be the first stop involved in a multi-day horseback ride stopping each night at one of several backcountry chalets or large modern hotels. The Two Medicine Campstore is all that remains of the Two Medicine Chalets. It is one of 6 National Historic Landmarks in the park today.

Today, Two Medicine has become a secluded, off-the-beaten-path discovery for most park visitors. Once discovered however it's easy to see why many people consider this their favorite part of Glacier National Park. Amazing vistas, extensive trails, crashing waterfalls, and sparkling lakes await.

  1. Running Eagle Falls - 0.3 mile round trip - From Two Medicine park entrance the trailhead is 1 mile west. A large parking area is available.

  2. Upper Two Medicine - From the Two Medicine Campground. Your Trailhead is at the end of Loop A.

  3. Twin Falls - .5 miles from the upper boat dock of Two Medicine Lake

  4. Oldman Lake - 13.5 miles round trip- This is a moderate hike, that will start from the Two Medicine Valley. We will start at the campground and cross the footbridge, take the right fork on the Pitamakan Pass Trail.

  5. Aster Park Trail- 3.8 miles -  Start at the South Shore Trailhead of Two medicine Lake.

Two Medicine is host to one of the most impressive campgrounds in the park. The campgrounds main season opens May 28 and closes September 13. Offering 99 campsites, 13 of which can support a vehicle with a maximum length of 32 feet. Flush toilets and a disposal station are provided in season. Although the services are discontinued in the campground it does stay open for camping as long as the road is open.

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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