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Aster Park Hike

If, during your trip to Glacier National Park, You want a relaxing hike of under four miles round trip, I have just the one for you.

You will start at the South Shore Trailhead of Two medicine Lake. This starting point can be found near the excursion boat dock, at the west end of the Two Medicine Lake parking area.

You will start on the South Shore Trail. Follow this lovely trail, until you cross Aster Creek on a footbridge. Now you will hike south on Aster Park Trail.

You will enjoy every pleasant moment of your walk through a forest of Fir and Spruce. Occasionally you will come out of the trees into lovely meadows of wildflowers. You will not be alone to enjoy this beautiful place because there are many birds who call to each other and feed here. These little song birds seem to welcome you and put on a concert for your pleasure.

At a little less than a half mile out, you will find a spur trail to your right, that takes you to Paradise Point. Here you will take lots of pictures and be amazed at the sight of Rising wolf Mountain. It rises high and mighty from the valley below.

Returning to the South Shore Trail. You will cross Aster Creek, and again find Aster Park Trail. You will once again go into the lovely forest and then find the Aster Falls spur trail. You will soon come to the splashing waterfall. This is a place you will want to sit and enjoy for awhile. There is just something about tumbling water falls.

You will climb less than a mile from the falls to find Aster Park. From the Falls to the Park the climb becomes a bit more difficult. But well worth it.

The trail comes out onto a rocky overlook. You will have a great view of Two Medicine Lake from here. You will notice a stand of pine trees that were killed by a rust disease, and Sinopah Mountain is to the west of you. If you are standing here at the right time of the evening, you will see a beautiful sunset spreading across the sky behind the mountain. Looking Southwest you will see Never Laughs Mountain. To your South is Mount Ellsworth And to the East is Mount Henry. Fro the most part Aster Creek Valley is left untouched from trails.

Enjoy this scenic and lovely hike, and come back again soon.

Aster Park hike, 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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