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on Bowman Lake Trail

backpacking
6 days ago

A beautiful, quiet lake but the bugs are extremely bad. Huge flies and mosquitos infest this part of glacier and more than any other place I’ve stayed at. I’m a camper and normally not bothered by bugs, but these guys won’t leave you alone from morning to night.

If that doesn’t deter you, it’s definitely worth the trip out to this remote spot of the park. You can drive long, rocky road to get here or take a great backpacking trip.

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!

backpacking
11 days ago

Day 1 we backpacked from Polebridge to Bowman Lake Campground. Very easy and flat 6 mile trek along Bowman Lake. Beautiful creek flowing through parts of the campsite and into the lake. Campground had plenty of spots for a refreshing swim, fishing and / or filtering water. There was a pit toilet in the campground.
Day 2 we backpacked from Bowman Lake to Brown Pass. Overall this was a difficult 7 mile hike. There were spots of thick overgrowth but the difficult part was the last 2 miles ---- 2000+ ft of elevation gain. We ate raspberries along the lower parts of the trail and there are incredible views as you get close to the top of the pass --- Be sure to stop and take it in! No water at the campsite but there were a few spots near the top / Brown Pass Campsite. Only a 2 mile trek to Hole in Wall from camp. Pit toilet located in the campground. Lot's of insects!
Day 3 we backpacked 13 miles from Brown Pass to Polebridge … We stopped for lunch at Bownman Lake campground.

Nice paved trail for an afternoon walk with a little bit of history along the way.

A few spots were not as well marked as others, such as from GreatHouse Peak Knife Blade Ridge down to the pass. Beautiful country. We travel from Neil Creek and camped near Half Moon Pass and then walked out the next day. Amazing views. Be prepared for many creek crossings if water is running.

Amazing childhood experience. My wife and I can't wait to take our daughter.

A fairly nice loop trail. As others have said first mile is the hardest. You can also drive directly to the caves themselves and take the tour( caves being a 2 hour 2 mile hike in themselves)

I would say even if you didn't want to do the hike the caves them selves are well worth the trip.

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

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

first mile strenuous a man had a heart attack n died right in front of us also went to caverns perfect temp

I just did this hike 06.09.18. We did have to hike across some snow. I would suggest starting at the Ice Caves Trailhead and coming out at the Uhlhorn trailhead. If the Ice Caves Trailhead is closed you can start at the Crystal Cascades Trailhead and follow signs to Uhlhorn Trail. The signs are pretty off as far as mileage goes. We ended up with 28 miles instead of 20.

I love this trail. Normally I go out and back the same way instead of doing the loop. The trail is marked at the top with rocks. The ice caves will be on the left of the trail, like a crack in the rock. You can also do the Ice Caves hike through the Crystal Cascades trailhead; just follow signs to Ulhorn Trail. I just did that this weekend because the Ice Caves Trailhead was closed 06.09.18.

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

Very buggy but well worth the views!!!

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

Great views. Easy hike with a bit of incline. Lots of wonderful history. Peaceful.

The view is gorgeous. The trail was easy and super peaceful but ended up with poison ivy after leaving the trail. Also when I called to see if we had to pay to park and hike the worker was rude.

nature trips
5 months ago

Great place to spend a couple hours, lots of history and dog friendly. Even in March it’s a beautiful place to go. Could hear the cracking of the ice on the Yosemite while looking at the caves.

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

backpacking
11 months ago

My buddy and I hiked out to the Bowman Lake campground. This is an enjoyable 7 miles out w/ minimal elevation, great for getting your hiking legs under you prior to tackling some of glaciers more intense trails. It's almost all green tunnel, with a few nice views over Bowman Lake looking up at the Continental Divide. Excellent beginner trail but pales in comparison to the rest of what Glacier has to offer.

backpacking
11 months ago

Hiked from Bowman Lake front-country campgrounds to Bowman Lake backcountry campgrounds on the first day. The trail was flat but nice along the water and took a little under three hours. The campground was just along the lake and great for relaxing.

On the second day of our trip, we hiked from Bowman Lake campground to Brown Pass -- about another three hours but the last 2/3 of a mile was difficult. That said, that part offered incredible wildfires and great views as it was more exposed. There is a water source about 1/4 mile in either direction of the Brown Pass campground.

Our third day, we hiked all the way from Brown Pass back to the front country. It was a bit of a slog but it was all downhill/flat so made for fast hiking. We did see lots of frogs on the way back.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Great way to get to the caves. Good views and a good climb.

nature trips
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great for family. Bat country! Even a petrified bat if you have open eyes in the caverns. Well guided and there was enough time to explore without haste.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Fantastic falls views

Short and easy hike. Would be fun with children.

Easy trail. Fun for the kids to spend a nice afternoon outdoors. Great picnic area.

very steep and $6 for non resident but short walk and nice staff

Friday, May 12, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Very nice, easy hike for all ages. The steepest part of the hike is the first .2 miles up to the tracks, from there on in, its flat.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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

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