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Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

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Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike

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  • The Upper Two Medicine Lake Trail.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Hiking through tall bear grass.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Crossing Two Medicine Creek.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Two Medicine Creek.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Pumpelly Pillar from the trail to Upper Two Medicine Lake.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Twin Falls.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Twin Falls.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Lone Walker Mountain in the distance.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • The trail passes small ponds, which are good moose sighting spots.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Pools near Upper Two Medicine Lake.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Rising Bull Ridge.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Wildflowers and Lone Walker Mountain.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • The shores of Upper Two Medicine Lake.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Upper Two Medicine Lake.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
  • Upper Two Medicine Lake.- Upper Two Medicine Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Excellent views. Boat shuttle available.
Cons: 
Fairly popular.
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Region:
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
370.00 ft (112.78 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.90 mi (7.89 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,140.00 ft (1,566.67 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike up to Upper Two Medicine Lake is one of the most popular in Glacier National Park's Two Medicine area. Using the boat shuttle to the west end dock cuts 5- to 7-miles of round-trip hiking off the trip and makes Upper Two Medicine an easy hike for most abilities. The boat ride is an adventure in itself.

From the west dock, the trail starts out through lush forest and fern groves, crossing Two Medicine Creek on the way. There is a short spur trail to Twin Falls, which is as far as many on the boat tour get. There are free ranger-led hikes to Twin Falls on many of the boat trips. After the falls, the trail climbs up with views of the rocky spike of Pumpelly Pillar and Lone Walker Mountain to the distant west. The small ponds just before Upper Two Medicine are a great place to see moose, especially early or late in the day.

Upper Two Medicine Lake has a huge log jam at the outlet, but past this there are gravel beaches, places to fish and a nice little backcountry campground with four developed sites. There is no good trail around the lake, but the views from the outlet are great.

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