Glacier National Park Information

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Hiking in South Glacier

South Glacier is a seldom-visited part of the park. Trails tend to be long trips of several days because the hiker must travel through 7 miles of foothills before reaching the peaks. This area of the park is perfect for a true back country experience. There are designated camping zones and camping outside the sites is permitted with the proper permit.  Essex is the closest place to find gas, groceries and accommodations.

Two Medicine is also considered part of South Glacier. It was known as the “Backbone of the World” to the Blackfeet Indians. This area does not get much precipitation and so vegetation is shallow-rooted grasses.

 

South Glacier Hikes


Trail Name Trailhead Distance (Return) Time (Return) Elevation Gain
Appitstoki Falls Trailhead marked Scenic Point Trailhead on Two Medicine Rd., 4 miles past park entrance 1.2 miles (1.9 km) 30 to 60 minutes 320’
Aster Park Two Medicine Shore Trailhead, west end of parking lot 3.8 miles (6.1 km) 2 to 4 hours 440’
Colbalt Lake South Shore Trailhead on west end of Two Medicine boat dock parking lot 11.4 miles (18 km) 4 to 6 hours 1,400’
Cut Bank Creek US 89 to junction with Cut Bank Creek Road, 1.7 mi north of E. Glacier. 4 miles over gravel road past ranger station. West from this parking lot. 19.6 miles  (21 km) 7 to 9 hours 2,515’
Dawson-Ptamakan On the north side of the Two Medicine campground 13.4 miles (21.6 km) 5 to 7 hours 2,935'
Firebrand Pass-Ole lake Mile marker 203 on US 2, follow dirt rd cross railroad track 0.5 miles to old Lubec Ranger Station. 15.4 miles  (22 km) 6 to 8 hours 2,210’
Harrison Lake Ford across Middle Fork of Flathead River from US 2, 6.5 miles east of West Glacier. 9.6 miles  (15 km) 3 to 5 hours 400’
Lake Isabel North end of Walton Ranger Station on US 2 33.8 miles (54 km) 2 to 3 days 1,915’
Loneman Lookout Nyack Creek ford, from US 2, 11 miles East of West Glacier. 13 miles  (21 km) 5 to 7 hours 3,900’
Medicine Grizzly Lake US 89 to junction with Cut Bank Creek Road, 1.7 mi north of E. Glacier. 4 miles over gravel road past ranger station. West from this parking lot. 12 miles  (19 km) 3 to 4 hours 540’
Nyack-Coal Creek Loop Nyack Creek or Coal Creek ford, both accessible from US 2. 41.5 miles (66.8 km) 3 to 4 days 2,260’

Running Eagle Falls
*Barrier free access

Red Eagle Falls parking area, north side of two Medicine Rd, 2 miles past park entrance 0.6 miles (1km) 15 to 45 minutes minimal
Scalplock Lookout North end of Walton Ranger Station on US 2 9.4 miles  (15 km) 4 to 6 hours 3,079
Scenic Point 11.5 miles west of Montanan highway 49 on Two Medicine Rd 6.2 miles (10 km) 2 to 4 hours 2,242’
Triple Divide Pass US 89 to junction with Cut Bank Creek Road, 1.7 mi north of E. Glacier. 4 miles over gravel road past ranger station. West from this parking lot. 14.4 miles (23 km) 4 to 6 hours 2,380’
Two Medicine Lake Begins on Two Medicines Lake’s South Shore Trailhead and ends at Two Medicine Camp Ground 7.6 miles, (11.9 km) 4 to 7 hours 340’
Upper Two Medicine Lake On the northern edge of Two Medicine Campground. 4.4 miles (7.4 km) 1 to 2 hours 300’