Running Eagle Falls Trail

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Running Eagle Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
26 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
9 days ago

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!

1 month ago

its super easy.. very beautiful.. take ur camera with u plz.. its like just walk in ur backyard easy

hiking
1 month ago

just did this hike today - great family hike. just make sure you go across the river to the end of the trail - there is a great lookout

2 months ago

This is a great short hike to a spectacular waterfall, regardless of the water flow.

2 months ago

It’s really flat great for Young kids. We were at the End of May & the water fall was really running...

hiking
9 months ago

Read the history of this place. Makes it more interesting. Great place to see a wonderful waterfall! It was a easy trail and also fun. Would visit again

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Fantastic falls views

Friday, May 12, 2017

Super easy and worth the super short walk for the awesome view!

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Very easy short hike and the Running Eagle falls are spectacular.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Easy walk and a beautiful waterfall. Must see!

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

EASY walk to see an amazing double waterfall! Very unique and highly recommended to see if you are in the Two Med. Area of Glacier NP.

hiking
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Very short trail to a magnificent waterfall. Must see

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Short easy hike to a very different waterfall with the way it cuts thru the rock

hiking
Thursday, August 08, 2013

This hike is awesome, if you have kids you must do this one. You cross a stream to play in as well as a footbridge. You get so close to the falls, the wind and mist is cool.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2011

This is a flat, hard-packed dirt trail that leads from a parking area to the waterfall(s). In the spring and early summer you'll be able to witness the twin falls pouring down water. Later in the summer and early fall, the water level drops and you'll be able to see the "trick" falls.
Easy walk for children; less than 1/4 mile. Keep an eye out for bears in the area and remember your camera!

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