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Cobalt Lake

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

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  • Trailhead parking for Cobalt Lake in Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • A one-person suspension bridge en route to Cobalt Lake, Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • Flat section of trail.- Cobalt Lake
  • View of Never Laughs Mountain from the trail to Cobalt Lake in Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • Rockwell Falls in Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • The trail begins to gain elevation quickly after Rockwell Falls. See Sinopah Mountain to the west on your way up.- Cobalt Lake
  • Looking southeast to Bearhead Mountain in Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • Approaching Cobalt Lake.- Cobalt Lake
  • Steep and green rock walls suround Cobalt Lake.- Cobalt Lake
  • Food preparation area and food pole at a backcountry campsite near Cobalt Lake.- Cobalt Lake
  • Fall colors coming out in early September in Glacier National Park.- Cobalt Lake
  • An unnamed slot canyon on the hike to Cobalt Lake.- Cobalt Lake
  • - Cobalt Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views along the trail. Waterfalls. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Small parking lot.
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Region:
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,390.00 ft (423.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
11.40 mi (18.35 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,180.00 ft (1,578.86 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Two Medicine is an area of stunning mountain views and glittering lakes in Glacier National Park that goes unseen by most visitors. It was formerly a key destination for tourists traveling on the Great Northern Railway. The trail to Cobalt Lake, a favorite of many rangers, takes you through a scenic mountain valley past waterfalls, slot canyons, and finally to the lake surrounded by sheer rock cliffs.

From the South Shore Trailhead, follow junction directions for Two Medicine Pass. After the third junction, cross a one-person suspension bridge over Paradise Creek. From your next junction with the Twin Falls Trail, head into colorful, open meadows. Take the short spur trail to Rockwell Falls for an amazing sight of a series of waterfalls that cumulate to the grand cascade of Rockwell Falls.

After a small break at the falls the trail begins to steadily gain elevation. Enjoy the views of Sinopah Mountain to the west, Two Medicine Valley to the north, and Never Laughs Mountain to the east. The trail does open up to a small, rocky platform by an unnamed slot canyon, and it later crosses by an unnamed lake that is barely visible through the trees.

Hikers staying overnight at one of the two Cobalt Lake campsites will find strong restoration efforts in effect. Be mindful of all restoration signs, and enjoy the views as the golden sunlight over the cirque fades to shadows and peaceful serenity.

If you are looking for more adventure, continue past Cobalt Lake and switchback up to Two Medicine Pass for scenic views of the greater Two Medicine area.

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