For this six hour hike, you will drive to the Two Medicine
Campground. Your Trailhead is at the end of Loop A. You will start
where the trail is marked as Old Man Lake and North Shore Trail. You
will enjoy walking along the shore of Two Medicine Lake. You will
find the scenic lake also gives you a fantastic view of the high
peaks of Rising Wolf Mountain to the north. Looking across the lake
is Sinopah Mountain. You will enjoy mountains where ever you look.
There will be Painted Tepee Peak, and Never Laughs Mountain looking
to the south. There is also a view of Appistoki Peak. As you enjoy
these views remember the Native American Indians who named them .
Your trail will lead you through forests of lodge pole pine and fir
trees. You will cross avalanche chutes. Through groups of wild
flowers and mountain berry bushes.
A little over three miles into your hike, you will come to a trail
that leads to the right to Dawson Pass. Stay to your left and you
will soon find a trail that goes around the South shore of Two
Medicine Lake. You could take this trail to return to the end of Two
Medicine Lake. But this way back is not an easy hike. You may also
go back by going to the boat dock at the head of the lake and taking
an excursion boat. This boat runs during Glacier National Parks busy
Keeping to the trail will bring you to a junction where you may go
to see Twin Falls, You will never be sorry that you took this side
trip. They are beautiful with lots of wild flowers and birds.
After seeing the falls, follow the North Shore Trail into the lovely
old trees of fir and pine. In clearings you will find many different
flowers. You may even be surprised by a Moose in here. But keep your
distance. Stop often and delight in the beauty of this place. These
are valleys that huge Glaciers have carved out many years ago. Stop
and think about what this place was back then.
Soon you will see the shore line of Two Medicine Lake, which was
formed by a Glacier long ago. You will want to look for the red rock
called Argillite along the lake. And small stone left there by
glaciers. Enjoy the photographers paradise of the many mountains
around you. Looking close you may spot a mountain goat or two on the
sheer ledges high above. What wonderful views and memories to take
home. You certainly will want to come back to this wild and
beautiful place called Glacier National Park.
Upper Two Medicine lake trail, 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.