Triple Divide Trail [CLOSED]

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Glacier National Park

Triple Divide Trail [CLOSED] is a 30.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 30.2 miles Elevation Gain: 5,623 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. The actual Triple Divide summit is a difficult climb but the pass is beautiful and leads to a trail to continue into St Mary area and is a great look at some of the East side of the park that most don't see. Cut Bank(where you start) is BEAUTIFUL and offers views into the Two Medicine area from a m

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no shade
over grown
8 months ago

There are MUCH better hikes in the park. This was totally not worth the miles. No shade & very boring after the pass. Pass wasn’t even that impressive compared to most in the park.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail! Nice and gradual uphill all the way to the pass!

hiking
9 months ago

This was the second leg of a five day hike. Definitely the hardest with a 2800 ft climb and a 2000 ft back down, but also the most rewarding. Quite a hike up to the triple divide with beautiful views in all directions at the top.

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9 months ago

Great day!! Love this hike!! The last 3 miles on the way back seem a bit long. But one of our favorites!!

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10 months ago

I did a portion of this trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from the Cutbank trailhead to Triple Divide Pass and back, 7.3 miles each way for a total of about 14.6 miles. The first 4 miles or so is level and fairly easy. The next mile starts the gradual incline, and then at mile 5 or so the steeper incline began. It was not as steep as it looked on the app and did not seem to get steeper as it went on, but it was easier than it would have been otherwise since the temperature was cool and there were intermittent clouds but no rain. There was not much wind and there was no snow or slippery spots, but if there had been it would have been better to hike a lower elevation trail. When we reached the pass we saw marmots and pikas, and as we were leaving we saw around ten mountain goats walking together on the trail about three miles down the trail on the other side of the pass. The hike back down went quickly and we saw no bear or moose, but another hiker said he encountered a black bear toward the Cutbank trailhead, about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. He whistled it off and it ran away, but he and his hiking partner decided to end their hike.

backpacking
Fri Sep 14 2018

This was our 2nd day of a 5 day backpack trip. We left from Red Eagle Foot campground and continued over Triple Divide Pass to Atlantic Creek campground. This is a spectacular and very difficult hike, especially with a full backpack. The views are great along the way to the pass as you go through a river drainage and begin the ascent up to the pass. We saw a large bull moose near a beautiful waterfall coming down the mountain along the route. The views are even more spectacular as you climb the switchbacks to the pass and they take your breath away from the top. You can see around in all directions with Medicine Grizzly Lake below to the south and the drainage you just hiked up to the north. We had a couple dozen bighorn sheep up near the pass including a number of little ones. The hike down to Atlantic Creek is tough on the knees given the grade and rocky footing. Overall it's worth the effort, but be prepared for a long day.

running
Wed Aug 08 2018

Excellent trail! A large group of us were there to run the trail. Starts and ends fairly flat, but the climb in the middle is no joke! Great views along the route and on top. We will do this again if we get the chance.

Wed Jul 25 2018

Stunning hike, with a little bit of everything. Long day, plan accordingly.

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Amazing and difficult. Went too early in the season and got held up just before reaching the pass by avalanche debris. you WILL need an ice axe and crampons for this if you go mid June. Gorgeous.

Fri Jul 06 2018

Did this one on the Fourth of July. Wonderful hike but very difficult.

Sat Sep 30 2017

We hiked triple divide pass in early summer as the trail was still snowbound at highest elevations. snow, sleet, rain, high humidity and sun were all a part. our daughter was 8, sons 12 & 14. An epic hike, ending with our in St. Mary's.

hiking
Fri Jan 16 2015

Incredibly beautiful but difficult hike. We had camped at Red Eagle Lake the night before, and we day-hiked the pass the next day, an 18-mile round trip overall. Well worth it. That day, we passed both a medium-sized grizzly and a large bull moose, as well as marmots and mountain goats near the summit itself. We got rained on, hailed on, and sunny skies and the terrain proved to be incredibly diverse. There are rivers, creeks, dead and flourishing forests, colorful and interesting flora, unique rope/plank bridges, and breathtaking views from the peak and meadows. Would definitely do again if in the Glacier area. Take bear spray, and be careful traveling in the late fall and early spring. Huzzah!

Wed Jun 25 2014

Truly the "Crown of the Continent"...I day-hiked from Cut Bank. It's a moderate climb to Triple Divide Peak where the rain splits off in three directions to the Gulf, Pacific, and Hudson Bay. It's quite the geological anomoli. I walked across the meadow and filled my bottle from the glacial waterfall. Fantastic day

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