Aster Park

HARD 21 reviews
#50 of 113 trails in

Aster Park is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

views

waterfall

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

So I did this trail as a multi-path so Rockwell Falls down-back, to Aster Park down-back, to Aster Falls, then back to the parking lot.

Rockwell Falls, was fairly simple and straight forward, it takes you though dense overgrowth at times, amazingly open fields surrounded by mountains and wildflowers, and tons of greenery. If you're early make sure you bring a stick or something to get rid of spiderwebs. There is a suspension bridge which takes you over a mini river it's extremely fun since its very unstable (definitely stick with one person at a time on the bridge...or else). The end, ends on a bridge which you cross and it takes you to the lower falls. Though I highly recommend searching for the "not so obvious" path which leads to the upper falls and it's secret waterfall swimming pool hidden by the rocks!

I also did Aster Park which was pretty rough after the initial 6 mile hike at Rockwell since it has like 5-8 switchbacks which go directly up....but the top view is very worth it considering it's roughly 3-ish miles round trip. It will give you pretty much a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and lakes - plus there are a lot of wildlife at the top who may end up bothering you for food...

I ended with Aster Falls which is at the bottom/beginning of Aster Park which isn't even 0.1 miles long but still well worth it for a look at one of the smaller yet wonderful waterfalls of Montana.

hiking
30 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail. Definitely a lot easier at the beginning. The switchbacks at the end seem never ending, but the view from the top is amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail. Definitely a lot easier at the beginning. The switchbacks at the end seem never ending, but the view from the top is amazing.

3 months ago

3 months ago

This trail is listed as "hard", but I'd call it more "moderate". Very pleasant trail. The falls aren't overly exciting, but if you continue to the overlook, it's well worth it. Just past the falls though, the trail gets more steep, so heads up. Lots of wildflowers along the length of the trail. Signs indicated bear activity, but we didn't see any. Lots of bugs, so bring the bug spray!

backpacking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This was a fairly easy hike to start. We saw moose and ate lots of yummy berries along the way. Berries = bears so look out and make noise. The hike up seems steep and unforgiving but it does get better and once at the top you will love the view and Columbian Ground Squirrels will happily greet you as you eat your lunch at the top!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

My 11 year old son and I did this hike 3 days ago and it was a nice hike bit not my favorite. The waterfall was not in my top favorites but the view at Aster Park Lookout was good. Easy hike to the waterfall and then it goes up hill for .7 miles.

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Very easy hiking. Amazing views from the Aster overlook.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

nice easy hike to the falls. Be sure to go up the extra 1.2 to the overlook, that is an amazing view!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Monday, July 27, 2015

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

The last 0.8 mile is indeed quite steep. Watch for loose rock at the top. Fabulous views of Two Medicine lake.

hiking
Monday, July 29, 2013