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Upper Two Medicine Lake Trail

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 season.

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.

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