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Great trail.

Mediocre hike. The falls are pretty in the fall!

My husband and I did an out and back to Dawson’s Pass today. Incredible views! This trail exceeded our expectations.

Great family hike with serene waterfalls. Friendly trails.

I wish I could give this hike 10 stars.

The day before we did this, we were up on top of Siyeh Pass trail and met a couple that has been coming here since 1975. When asking them for hike suggestions to wrap up our last days in the park, they said that Dawson/Pitamakan was their favorite day hike in the park and that we absolutely have to do it. If there is anyone I trust in the world to give me a great hike suggestion for this park, it's this couple who has been coming here for 43 years and says that this one is their favorite.

Upon their suggestion, we did the loop counter-clockwise because they said the views progress better this way. An they were absolutely correct. This was the most unbelievable hike I've ever done. I've never felt more on top of the world in my entire life. You're just completely out in the open with stunning peaks and passes in the distance. You feel like an ant. Every half mile or so seemed to be the new greatest thing I've ever seen. And that's after doing Grinnell, Siyeh Pass, Highline, Avalanche Lake, and Hidden Lake in the days before. We ended up seeing a big horn male sheep and hiked 17.8 miles in 9 hrs and 45 mins.

If you're fast, you can catch a boat tour ride back on Two Medicine lake which will shave about 3 miles off of your trip. We were not quick enough but we got kind of a late start. The nice thing is that we snagged a Two Medicine first come first serve campground spot which is where the trail head is. So we finished the hike and went right into our tent.

If you're fit enough, this is an absolute must do and bucket-list hike for everyone. Amazing.

My husband and I did this as part of a 3 day 2 night backpacking trip. We started the trail from two medicine and hiked counterclockwise (100% recommend starting this way). Starts out with a gradual incline and is very dense forest. Be aware of bears & make a lot of noise. About 3 miles In we turned a counter and saw a grizzly with 2 cubs. We backed off and waited a half mile down the trail for a few more groups of hikers then proceeded through the area making a lot of noise and they were gone. A couple other groups said they saw some bears on that side of the trail too. Once out of the tree line the incline increases until you reach the top. It was windy but the views are beautiful! Not a lot of people up there. We hiked down to no name lake where we camped for the night. There was a moose that was walking around the creek by our campsite. It’s a very beautiful lake about 0.2 miles off the trail to take a break or even a swim. Our last day we finished the last ~5 miles back to the campground. There are a lot of streams and beautiful scenery the entire loop. A lot of hikers do the loop in one day. We enjoyed breaking it up but carrying our packs was strenuous. Definitely recommend doing this trail, but definitely be in a group to avoid any run ins with bears.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice short hike with great views. We hiked this trail at sunset for photos and again the next day. Both had great views of the Little Missouri and area wildlife.

Great nature trail with nice views.

hiking
7 days ago

Great Views of the park. We hiked to the overlook across from the visitor's center and made a one mile trail in and out.

A great hike! If I re-did it id come back in September to hike again. In the summer this trail can get hot if you aren't used to high temps. Coming from the SW I am used to it. This trail gives you a bit of everything and is a much less crowded trail if that is what you are looking for. I recommend doing the loop counterclockwise so after all the elevation changes you can stop in at no name lake and take a dip. Bring bug and bear spray!

very fun and beautiful trail. the falls are beautiful to see at any time of year. trail has multiple access points to enter to play in/Wade in the river. most times we have visited we were able to watch great blue harons fishing.

Seemed harder than it was because of the heat, but this trail has beautiful views.

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!

Short lollipop loop that gives an up-close look at the Badlands' rocks and plants. Trail is somewhat steep but very popular because it starts at an interstate rest area. I would avoid this trail if it has rained recently: Badlands dirt turns into sticky goop when you add water.

nature trips
13 days ago

Great trail for all levels of experience. The trail markings are a little confusing. We figured out that the Stanford trail splits off into the Brandywine trail and were fine from there. Has a decent incline for a quick trail. The falls really were gorgeous. You take a nice boardwalk/stairs down to two different observation decks. There are signs not to climb down to the water but several people were down there so we climbed down too. It was slippery and I fell down once but my goodness you can’t beat the view.
Everything was very well maintained. The bathrooms were clean and eco-friendly. There were trail maps and state park brochures for taking. We were very impressed.

We loved this hike! It is no joke and will test you throughout, but the views are well worth it. We ran into a moose as well by Upper Two Medicine Lake. Would love to do this again when back in Glacier.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice, short hike--great views of rock formations and the river. It would be a great introductory hike for kids.

Started at 8:00 am and finished it around 5:00 pm including a long break at pitamakan lookout.
I've heard about an option of using boat to cross the lake but my stupid ego didn't let me.
I did it counter clockwise (from pitamakan to dawson) and recommend it. Yes elevation gain is tough but it's doable. It isn't as dramatic as it sounds. For some reason, dawson pass looked more difficult for gaining elevation in my opinion.
The view is spectacular and very worth it.
bring plenty of water and bug spray.
wear long pants for potential poison ivy since you go through in forest for good miles.
I wore shorts and didn't get poison ivy but there were lots of suspicious ones.

Take the Stanford/ Brandywine trail. A fun walk down through the woods down the gorge to the river bed then back up around to the falls.

Very easy trail to hike. There are some slopes that are steep, but if you wear the proper shoes you’ll be just fine.

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved this trail! We used the guide booklet available at the trailhead to learn about the area and keep the kids engaged. The guide is very well designed, and we really enjoyed learning about how the different rocks formed and the why the rocks are the colors they are. It was a perfect hike for our group!

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved the trail! It has amazing views of the Little Missouri River and surrounding Badlands! There are some elevation changes that were challenging for my 4-year old, but she did just fine with a little help!

Great trail and enjoyed even on a hot day ! Lots of shade on this trail.

Great easy hike. Enjoyed it very much.

Easy hike; well marked course. Both falls are worth the trip; definitely take a dip in the water.

Rustic trail so fun to adventure on. Would be awesome to see when river is running higher. I’ll be back to see it then

Great trail! Love the waterfalls! Def will be getting your feet wet!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views

Clearly marked for Blue Hen falls. go past the end of trail sign, be prepared to cross water and if it has been raining you will get wet feet. Trail is not marked but it's relatively clear where to go. Fun trail, especially with a dog!

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