Explore the most popular river trails near East Glacier Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 hours ago

Took the first boat, then hiked to Upper Two Med and walked the south shore back, about 8 miles total hiking. A good moderate hike. Nice views toward and around Upper lake, and also along the west part of the south shore trail. The suspension foot bridge sways both up/down and sideways, and has only low cables as hand rails.

My favorite... can't forget the fact that I was all alone in the wilderness for nearly 4 hrs with no human being in sight in Grizzly country. Amazing views , beautiful glacier falls ... Siyeh hike is an out of this world experience.

Anazing hike! So many diverse environments. 4:45 of hiking steady, 5.5 hrs total.

hiking
3 days ago

A very nice day with very few others on route. This is a bear active trail though, so make noise or talk as much as you can. Though we saw no bears on the trail we had a big grizzly Mum and big cub at the finish. Viewed them from the safety of our RV.
The track is easy with a steady gradient. The lake is spectacular and a nice lunch spot. Highly recommend.

We hiked this trail in September 2018 and loved it. The first part of the trail, along the south shore of Two Medicine, winds through forests and more open areas, and had a quite a bit of traffic on it. There is a rather wobbly foot bridge across a creek at one point that is fun to cross (one at a time). Most hikers the day we went were destined for Twin Falls, which we took a detour to see and we ate lunch there.

The best part of the hike, however, was on the way to Upper Twin Medicine, which is further past Twin Falls. Spectacular scenery on this stretch of trail, as you are surrounded by dramatic rocky mountain peaks and (in September) beautiful colorful foliage.

backpacking
7 days ago

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.

backpacking
7 days ago

This was the first leg of a 5 day backpacking trip from St. Mary to Two Medicine. A fairly gradual uphill hike in the beginning with numerous wildflowers and thimbleberries along the route. Mostly without shade due to the fire, though regrowth is happening. The lake itself was very nice with good campsites and food prep area.

Did this hike as a part of the tail end of a backcountry hike starting in St Mary's. Started off at Morning Star and were scheduled to camp that night at Old Man Lake and head out the next morning out of Twin Medicine. Got up to Pitamakan Pass and was convinced by other hikers that we could NOT miss out on Dawson Pass. Ended up hiking to Dawson Pass and caught the last boat of the day across Two Medicine Lake. Made for a bit of brutal hike with multi-day backpack, but still absolutely epic. Favorite hike in Glacier by far. Even beats out Highline in my estimation. A definite bucket list hike.

Truly a capstone event if visiting the park. The last waterfall is an incredible walk-up 60 foot fall. On the trail, we also saw 2 moose.

hiking
13 days ago

Most of the trail is a walk through the forest with a fair incline, but near the end it opens up and you are exposed. During the year that we went, the start of the trail goes through an area that has experienced a forest fire, so all that's left is just burnt tree trunks.
There is no big ending at the lake, it just ends. If you are feeling adventurous you can bushwack and walk around the lake.
Its a good place to skip rocks, and just hang out.

hiking
13 days ago

Easily taking up the top of my list of hikes in Glacier. It was fantastic! Totally different views the whole way on the hike. Be prepared for grizzlies and wind at the pass. You see three glaciers on this hike and can actually touch Siyeh glacier. I will say it was quite challenging. Not just the elevation gain (if you are slow and steady, you're fine) but the terrain itself. This trail is packed with scree and uneven terrain from rocks in the trail. Also, steep switchbacks on the way down if your direction is from Siyeh Bend to Sunrift. The description of this hike says 20.6 miles, but it isn't. It is more like 11.5 as nearly all people do this with staged cars or shuttle loops. Don't be afraid to hitchhike either.

We went later in the day, so there were not too many crowds. Easy hike, with a gradual climb.

Best. Hike. In GNP.

If you are capable, you MUST do this hike. We did it from Pitamakan to Dawson, which is apparently reverse, but the views are much much better this way, and the elevation gain is way easier.

I can not believe how beautiful this hike was. You get to see glacier from EVERY direction and I swear you can see every mountain peak in the park, along with tons of lakes and we saw bighorn sheep as well.

The top was very very windy, but it didn’t matter to us because the views are what blew us away (haha pun intended). Anyway, if I could only do one hike in the whole world ever again, it’d be this one.

19 days ago

The highlight of our trip to GNP this year! We started at Sunrift bus stop and ended at Sinyeh Bend (10miles). Took the shuttle back to the car. Managed to find parking easily because apparently most people do not take the path this direction due to the added elevation as you reach the pass. It was difficult but so much pay off throughout. Both sides of the trip have a uniquely different experience. Light traffic on trail. Spotted a wild white mountain goat. Do this hike!

Tips: bring layers, lots of water, food, prepare for wind

19 days ago

Well worth the work to get there. You’ll climb and the wind is very gusty. Interesting natural and cultural discoveries along the way.

Tips: sunscreen, hiking poles are nice, layers, something to cover your face from the wind

hiking
20 days ago

A friend and I hiked from the trail head (near the location where you can purchase tickets for the boat ride) to the Upper Two Medicine campground for a one-night stay. The most challenging part of the hike is a segment near the top of lower lake, but I don't think I would rate this trail as hard. You can take the boat to the top of the lower lake (and/or back) and skip the more challenging part of the hike, but you'll miss a neat hiker bridge and the best views on the route). The waterfalls are a nice stop and we saw a moose swimming in the pond below the upper lake and a bull moose visited our campsite. I would recommend this hike if you are in this area of the park or are just looking for a two-day/one-night out and back trip. If you hike the full route in, you can catch the boat on the way back to the trail head. We caught the boat around 9:30am after it dropped off its first group of passengers at the top of the lake. Many people ride up/back and make the 1-mile out/ 1-mile back walk up to Twin Falls. If you catch the first boat in the morning for a ride back down, you're sure to have a seat. You will likely not get a seat if you wait until later in the day as the seats are all taken by round-trip passengers heading back down.

We did this hike from Two Medicine to No Name lake for the first night and then from No Name lake to Oldman Lake for the second night. The trail was snow covered from Dawson Pass to Pitimakan Pass but manageable. Incredible views all along that stretch. Not a cakewalk by any stretch but the views are worth the effort.

on Scenic Point

hiking
21 days ago

2018.08 was smokey, but still worth it. loved the silhouette trees. will definitely come back.

Tough climb, but totally worth it!

22 days ago

- Well-maintained
- Gradient-friendly
- Spectacular views of valley and surrounding mountains
- Lots of fire damage
- Great lunch spot at lake
- No bugs due to high winds
- Good temperature throughout
- No bear sightings

lovely area, Victoria falls is beaut. unfortunately, Glacier is on fire and access is restricted right now, so be aware if u r reading this in the next couple of weeks

hiking
23 days ago

My favorite hike of the trip! I personally thought it was better than Grinnell and High Line, but that may be impacted by the fact that the smoke had cleared out quite a bit the day we hiked this. But still, the views were incredible, especially as we hiked down from the pass towards Sunrift. Also way less people than on the other trails.

It had just snowed the day before, so we encountered quite a bit of snow (some places up to a foot on the trail) towards the pass and even had difficulty with route finding up there, but nothing too crazy. We heard reports of a grizzly and a couple cubs, and even saw their fresh prints in the snow multiple times as they crossed the switchbacks south of the pass, but never saw the bears.

Always be prepared for any weather... We hiked this at the end of August and encountered snow, freezing temps, and crazy wind at the top, and by the time we were waiting at the shuttle stop at Sunrift I was in a t-shirt and wishing I had shorts on.

We hiked Siyeh Bend to Sunrift Gorge and appreciated the lesser amount of elevation gain. I also thought the best views were looking straight ahead the entire way down from the pass to Sunrift... I wouldn't want those views to be behind me. Took us just under 5 hours with stops, and my phone tracked it at 10.8 miles.

This is a fun and fairly easy trail. Goes through a burn area that has now been taken over by the flowers. You still get great views of the mountains as you work your way through the woods. Keep going all the way to Virginia Falls, it is worth it! There are also several “mini-falls” between St Mary and Virginia that keep the light uphill portion entertaining. Limited parking- either take the shuttle, get there early, or be prepared to be patient for a spot.

We did the loop counter clockwise per recommendations but I’m not sure it really mattered.
The trailhead starts in the campground of two medicines.

We had great views despite the smoke, and it was an awesome hike! We started about 8 we were finished around 3. Tough day, but worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

When I read the reviews here saying this hike is better than Highline Trail, I couldn't believe that could be true so we had to try Siyeh Pass. We hit the trail at about 7:45 and saw 6 people the remainder of the hike - lightly trafficked for sure. Through the beautiful forest at the start, we saw a lot of evidence of bears on the trail, but never saw a bear. We had to share the trail on the far side of the pass with a herd of bighorn sheep which was fun. The reviews are correct - this is better than Highline - (currently) my favorite hike in Glacier. The views are breathtaking, even with the smoke that was hovering. I plan on going back at a later date when the forest isn't on fire. And the views are in every direction. Plenty of long waterfalls in the distance and the red rock waterfalls near the end as you're hiking toward Sunrift Gorge shuttle stop are nice. I thought the uphill switchbacks were challenging; I was slow and steady. The switchbacks going back down might have been harder to recover from. I felt it for a couple days. (Out of shape mom hiking with teenage and adult kids) The whole hike took us just over 6 hours, but we stopped a lot for photos, lunch, and sheep. Could easily be done in less time. I would recommend a lightweight jacket as it is windy at the top. I would do this hike again tomorrow. We also noticed a trail sign indicating that you could hike to Many Glacier from this same trail. That might be top of the list on our next visit.

Great trail that isn’t too long or too taxing. But it’s definitely longer than listed. Be prepared for about 4 miles there and back if you want to see Virginia Falls from the furthest viewing location. Lots of deer were on the trail, very tame.

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

do not follow this gps location/trail, it is a horse trail outside of the park, and you will absolutely will get destroyed by flies, horse flies, and mosquitoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Otokomi was a fairly strenous hike! It was our fourth day hiking so we were pretty tired and sore going into it! The hike has some burned areas leaving us pretty exposed so wear sunscreen and sunglasses! The hike is not frequently traveled so there are places where the trail is very narrow from bushes! We never had a problem finding the trail though! Lots of berries along the trail and we saw some bear droppings. The only bear we saw was near the end of the trail, down in the valley by the stream and it was walking towards the lake! Definitely bring your bear spray and be ready! The lake was very pretty and could see some trout swimming! There is not much for areas to sit down near the lake and lots of bugs! Bring your bug spray! We started at about 9am and there was only one other car in the parking lot. We passed by two groups of people going up and four groups on our way down! If you want some peace and quiet this is the trail!

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.

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