No Name Lake Hike

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

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No Name Lake Hike


  • From the boat dock, the trail heads up toward Dawson Pass.- No Name Lake Hike
  • No Name Lake can be just the first stop on a longer trip.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Pumpelly Pillar from the trail.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Columbian ground squirrel making a stand.- No Name Lake Hike
  • No Name Lake is a short detour off the Dawson Pass Trail.- No Name Lake Hike
  • No Name Lake.- No Name Lake Hike
  • No Name Lake.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) is a signature wildflower of Glacier National Park.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Two Medicine Lake from the Dawson Pass Trail.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Two Medicine Lake.- No Name Lake Hike
  • The trail back to the boat dock passes through a fern grotto.- No Name Lake Hike
  • Two Medicine Lake.- No Name Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Less crowded than Upper Two Medicine Lake. Great views. Nice campsites.
Steep in spots.
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
860.00 ft (262.13 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.70 mi (9.17 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,141.00 ft (1,566.98 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike to No Name Lake is not as popular as the more gentle hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake, but the views along the trail and the rugged beauty of this lake make it worth the extra climb.

As with all the hikes west of Two Medicine Lake, the round trip boat shuttle shaves 5- to 7-miles of hiking off this trip. From the west end boat dock, the trail heads through lush fern grottos and dense forest to cross Two Medicine Creek (with a great view of Rising Wolf Mountain from the log bridge). Pumpelly Pillar looms above the left side of the trail and marvelous views of the surrounding mountains make this hike very rewarding in both directions as it climbs up the drainage to the lake.

The trail to No Name Lake follows the Dawson Pass Trail before veering off for the last half mile or so. Unlike Upper Two Medicine Lake, this trail follows the shore of the lake to the far end where the primitive campground can be found to make this a great backpacking adventure as well.

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