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Running Eagle Falls – 0.3 mile round trip

Running Eagle Fall Photo

From Two Medicine entrance the trailhead is 1 mile west. A large parking area is available.

Allow at least an hour to enjoy the beauty of this area. Two trails lead to the falls. One begins in the parking area and is a paved trail. The other trail is unpaved and begins near the bridge over Two Medicine Creek. The trails merge into one before reaching Running Eagle Falls so if you wish you may take one trail in and return on the other. Sometimes referred to as Trick Falls, Running Eagle Falls is actually two falls when Two Medicine Creek is running high. The second falls flows behind and slightly to the right of the large falls, emerging from the rocks about two-thirds of the way down.

Your lovely walk will take you through a fragrant forest. The air will smell of pine and moss mixed with the pure fresh clean mountain air. As you refer to the trail guide, you will find that it tells you the history of this beautiful spot in both English and the Blackfeet language. You will find some good information on the Blackfeet Indians. Some of the plants along your hike were used for their medicines. These Native Americans lived here and survived on the land.

You will enjoy spending some time at Running Eagle Falls ,where the tumbling amount of water changes during different seasons. Listen to the lovely music the water creates and Be sure to have your camera ready for lots of memories .

As always , enjoy your hike and be safe. But leave this scenic area, as you find it . Nature decorates and we must respect the beauty she provides. You will want to come back , and others will take this same walk. This has been a very short hike of only about 0.3 mile. But, well worth the hour you have spent.

Happy Hiking, Running Eagle falls written by Verna Parks.

The Story of Running Eagle Falls

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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