Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

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Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike


  • The North Shore Trailhead is right beside the campground.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • One of many seasonal creeks on the side of Rising Wolf Mountain.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Stream crossings made easy.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • The area around the west boat dock is great for wading or swimming.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Two Medicine Lake and abundant fire weed.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • The Sinopah traversing the lake.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Suspension bridge over Paradise Creek.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Cascades on Paradise Creek.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • South Shore Trail.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Great moose habitat in the ponds along the South Shore Trail.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
  • Two Medicine Lake boat dock.- Two Medicine Lake Loop Hike
Overview + Weather
Fairly flat. Nice views. Swimming spots.
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
335.00 ft (102.11 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.70 mi (14.00 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,125.00 ft (1,562.10 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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From the Two Medicine Lake Campground and general store area there are two major trails leading into the backcountry: North Shore Trail and South Shore Trail. They meet at the top of the lake before branching off to many other day hiking and backpacking destinations, so combining the two for a full loop around the lake is a good option.

From the day parking lot inside Two Medicine Campground, it is a short walk to the North Shore Trailhead at the bridge across Two Medicine Creek. The North Shore Trail is pretty flat the entire way and, except for some open areas near the start, does not offer many views of the lake or surrounding mountains. However, the wildflowers can be a beautiful sight depending on the season.

After the junction with the South Shore Trail, the route passes by the west end boat dock (a nice area to hang by the creek or swim in the lake) and starts to follow the south bank of the lake. This side of the loop requires a bit more climbing, but the views of the lake are spectacular. A suspension bridge crosses Paradise Creek, with it’s marvelous cascades and interesting angled slabs of rock. The South Shore Trail passes several small ponds, which are good moose habitat, before reaching the trailhead near the Two Medicine Lake boat docks. Completing the loop requires walking along the road between the dock parking area and the campground (about 0.7 mile).

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