Apikuni Falls Trail Glacier National Park ~ a slow hiker's guide™


Apikuni Falls Trail

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  • Apikuni Falls Trail
  • 1 mile one way
  • Elevation gain 700 feet
  • The first 1/4 mile of this trail is across a wildflower meadow and has a gentle rise
  • Scenic hike
  • Moderately Strenuous

The Apikuni Falls Trail starts at the end of the first trail parking area after entering Glacier National Park at the Many Glacier Entrance. The parking area is on the right side, The Apikuni Falls Trail is to the left from the parking lot.
Trail signs in Glacier Park are at the start of ALL front country trails. If you can't find a trail sign than it is not a designated park trail. Trust me some look like trails from the edge of the road but will soon turn into a goat track. Goats are much less picky about their footing then I am.
The Apikuni Falls Trail starts a gradual rise across a wildflower meadow. Once the Apikuni Falls Trail enters the woods it quickly begins to climb. From this point the Apikuni Falls Trail goes up, be carefull there are a large number of side spurs on this trail, the actual trail itself is always going up.

There are two trails that start from this parking area so be sure you are on the correct trail, as the other one is 20 miles long!

This is a screen shot from my iPhone taken after hiking the Apicuni Falls Trail in Two Medicine. This was done from GAIAGPS a very hand little program that works on iPhones and Android phones.
After reviewing this Altitude Profile I finally realized that I could record in both directions as the Altitude Profile is not effected by pauses along the trail (well except for the Time Profile). The program is $18.00 the maps are FREE. It does take some time to download the maps particularly when I am planning on hiking 350 miles in Glacier Park this year and another hundred on the Whitefish Trails.

apikunu altitude profile

Apikuni Falls Trail Sign Glacier National Park © Shawn Coggins www.glacierhikers.com

Altough Apikuni Falls Trail is shared with horses, in early summer of 2010 there weren't any major signs of horse use on this trail. Unlike many of the heavily forested trails in Glacier National Park, Apikuni Falls Trail has frequent, spectacular, glimpses of the surrounding mountains, these views are more evident on the return trip down the trail. Snow clears from the Apikuni Falls Trail early in the season. On a warm, sunny day this trail can get hot. Apikuni Falls Trail is a short, steep trail so degree of difficulty is largely dependent on how much problems you have on relatively steep hiking trail. Since it is such a short trail, the best method to make it easier is to take your time, there are frequent view point stub trails off the left side of the trail as you are going up towards the falls that provide great view points across Lake Sherborne, which was at full pool in early July of 2010. This is a nice, not great wildflower trail with a wide diversity of blooms.

Apikuni Falls Glacier National Park © Shawn Coggins www.glacierhikers.com

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream.
    Mark Twain

One of the best views of Mount Gould and Angel Wing

view of gem glacier from Apikuni Falls Trail  Glacier National Park © Shawn Coggins www.glacierhikers.com

Apikuni Falls is not visible until you are at the end of the trail.
Mount Gould, 9,553 feet, from about half way up Apikuni Falls Trail from side 'social' trail viewpoint. The dark shape directly below Gem is Angel Wing, to the right of Angel Wind Grinnell Glacier can be seen. Gem Glacier, and parts of Salamander and Grinnell Glaciers are visible from other view points on other 'social' stub trails along the Apikuni Falls Trail.