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Relative to the effort the reward is just ok, not great. Positives: Not many people, nice views at top, comfortable well maintained trail. Negatives: Very buggy all the way including at the top, the lookout tower appeared to be closed to the public when we arrived - there was a chain across the staircase leading up to the lookout with a "privacy" sign. Also noticed several people in the tower - perhaps it was rented/reserved? Is this possible? So after a long hike, we never got to go up to the tower, sat outside under the the tower and got eaten alive by mosquitos and flies. Compared to other hikes in Glacier this is average at best

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4 days ago

Spectacular! Was there about a week ago. Many hikers jumping off of the bridge below St. Mary Falls. Hike it to the end for the Virginia waterfall. It’s worth it.

Very pretty. Nice and easy. Lots of people though!

This was a somewhat tiring hike near the end, but a fun challenge. The signs at the beginning warn of the frequency of bear sightings so we made sure to talk (almost yell!) as we walked to keep the bears at a safe distance. We saw almost no people along the way and we were gifted beautiful views at the top. I only wish we had brought more food to enjoy during our lunch break looking out over the mountain ridges and lakes!

The Running Eagle Falls Trail is an enjoyable, leisurely 0.6 mile spur trail that culminates at a small waterfall. Parking available at the trailhead, fee required to park in Glacier. This pass can be purchased at the small drive-by ranger station by the Lower Two Medicine Lake road.

Having landed in Great Falls two hours prior, my father and I took a quick rest stop near Two Medicine Lake. The evening was upon us with sunset approaching quickly, so a long hike to Dawson Pass or Scenic Point would've been imprudent. This 10-minute walk seemed perfect. Running Eagle Falls sits a third of a mile past the trailhead; the present walk takes you through a nature trail along a creek. As another reviewer stated, it's a "walk in your backyard" difficulty that a toddler could complete.

The falls itself is normally comprised of two flows, one that tumbles over the rock formation, and the other that emerges from a cave-like area inside the formation. Low flow in August saw only the latter running. Fed by glacial melt, the stream is an opal blue, picturesque and perfect for photography. I found ample spots to shoot from, most of which required bypassing the wooden onlooker deck. My long exposure shot turned out beautifully.

Two Medicine Lake feeds this water source, so the falls should be running year-round. If you're making an exploratory pit stop- as dad and I did- make sure to venture to the falls for a quick Montana introduction. However, if you're spending a day near Two Medicine Lake, nearby Pitamakan/Dawson Passes and Scenic Point would be significantly more rewarding hikes. Little more than a decent outing, but quite glad I got to see the falls!

Nice hike passing scenic Baring Falls. Offers good lake views for most of the distance. Has a few hills but nothing too steep. You can use the free park shuttle between Sun Point and St. Mary's Falls Trailhead to avoid retracing steps.

Easy loop circling Swiftcurrent Lake. Great views across the lake to the surrounding mountains. I saw a black bear while hiking this trail, and many of the trails in the park's Many Glacier area have been closed recently due to bear activity. Overall, a nice way to spend an hour or so.

great hike

Popular out-and-back to two fantastic waterfalls. On the harder side of easy due to length and elevation gain. Don't underestimate the climb back up to the Sun Road. Also, very little shade due to recent forest fires: dress accordingly and bring water. Trailhead parking will be nearly impossible, so you will need to ride the free park shuttle from the St. Mary's Visitor Center.

10 days ago

Gorgeous! We took the 2 year old in a backpack, but the other kids (4-9) were exhausted by the end but did it! Virginia Falls are worth finishing the hike for.

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10 days ago

Great hike with a climb to the summit. The official route has you go left around the scree field, not to the right and up the scree, despite seeing multiple people do the later. From the summit you have great 360 degree views including the full highline trial.

hiking
10 days ago

We did a ranger-lead tour. The individual was quite knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. This hike is not as busy as some of the other ones in the park, is fairly easy, and offers good views at the rocky point of Lake McDonald.

super rad

Simple hike to an epic spot! Cliff jumps all day long.

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14 days ago

This trail was alright. It was definitely moderate, not easy. There’s nowhere to park yourself near the trailhead, and taking the shuttle was a DISASTER. We waited forever and had to stand the whole way back to Logan’s Pass. The hike is pretty in some spots, no shade or anything because the trees are burnt. The two main waterfalls are HUGE they’re not the little ones you’ll pass. You’ll see 4 waterfalls, but the first and last are the main attraction. There’s other hikes I might go for before this one.

Started at Sun Point, like another mentioned, because trying to get parking at any of the other trail heads was impossible. So this added about a mile onto the trail, well worth it, great views. All three falls are pretty, Baring, St Mary, and Virginia. Well worth the trip!

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16 days ago

So I'll have a full trail breakdown available thursday, but to the summit it's close to 4 miles and nearly 2200 ft of ele gain. The views are paramount and trek well worth it. Abundant wildlife all around - even had a marmot buddy up when I hit the summit. There is class 3 throughout with class 4 depending on which Cairns you follow. HMU if you have any q's
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If you can handle 6 degree Celsius water, then pack your swim gear.

on Sun Point Nature Trail

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20 days ago

Great waterfalls. However, it’s VERY busy and you can see the road from the trail! Moreover, it’s a pain to find parking. I’m a bit disappointed in this one...

Views from the top are nice, but not amazing. not too hard, just long.

Fantastic hike! Gets a little difficult towards the end due to steeper elevation gain from the switch backs. However, the views at the top are totally worth it. Pack a lunch to relax at the top and enjoy the panoramic views before your hike down. From the top you can see Bowman Lake, Akokala Lake, and Long Bow Lake. Make sure to pack bear spray and make noise on the trail. A bear was sighted the day before we hiked this trail.

Also this is a great hike if you want to get away from the busy crowds. Didn’t see much people on the trail.

Easy hike bring plenty of water. Views are priceless.

Both falls were gorgeous - warm day so was a relief to get close to the water. Lots of bugs on this one.

Excellent hike for the entire family here. Likely see some people cliff jumping at Mary falls either off the rock or bridge. Great waterfalls

Excellent hike to Nina ridge lookout with the start being at bowman lake. There were two negatives for me personally and that was 1) the mosquitos (crazy) and 2) a lengthy dirt road to get to the trail. However that also allows you to go to Polebridge which is an exceptionally cool little town (if you can even call it that) with baked good that are to die for.

Great hike! Take your bear spray and camera!

This trail was good for doing with our children but overall I felt it was like a trail you could do in any forested area (but maybe I was just spoiled by some of the breath-taking from hikes earlier in the week)

Make sure you hike to Virginia Falls - spectacular!! Not as many people

Went in at sun point nature trail was about 6 miles round trip to Virginia falls. definitely worth the trip waterfalls all along the way. dropped in at sun point due to lack of parking at the other trail heads but still a great hike. easy for all ages took about 3 hours with short stops at the waterfalls.

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