Day Hikes Two Medicine ~ a slow hiker's guide™


Two Medicine and Cut Bank Trails

Two Medicine Lake Trail Map

August 29, 2015

Thompson Fire is making its way across the Divide into Two Medicine area of Glacier Park. Weather forecast is for high winds which will further advance the fire.

Two Medicine Entry Road opened to cars on Saturday May 3, 2014. Two Medicine Entry Road opened to bikes on Friday May 2, 2014. Two Medicine Lake was totally frozen. The Two Medicine Campstore had snow drifts up to the upper story roof line. Snow along the entry road is from three feet to six feet, not anywhere close to what it was in the Spring of 2011 but more then twice as much snow as the same time last year.

In addition to the great sunrise at the start of my hike to Two Medicine Pass it is nice to be able to see my destination from 8 miles away. To the left of Sinopah is Painted Tepee which is still shaded from sunrise. The notch in the ridge connecting Painted Tepee and seemingly Sinopah is were Two Medicine Pass is located.

Sunrise is early in Two Medicine during the summer with dusk coming sooner to this narrow valley then elsewhere in Glacier Park. For me arriving at Two Medicine Lake shore is a very powerful visceral experience. This effect is greatly heightened if my arrival is near dawn with the absence of crowds. Every year, in late spring, I like to bike in from the Running Eagle parking lot before the road opens to motor vehicle traffic.

Two Medicine is the collective name of a region located in the southeastern section of Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. It has a campground alongside Two Medicine Lake. From the period starting in the late 1890s until the completion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1932, Two Medicine was one of the most visited sections of the park. Once part of a larger chalet complex, the Two Medicine Store is located along the shores of Two Medicine Lake and the building is a National Historic Landmark. The region is a starting point for many trails and tour-boats take visitors out on Two Medicine Lake, where the steep south face of Rising Wolf Mountain towers above the lake. The region was considered sacred ground by several Native American tribes including the Blackfeet and they performed Vision quests here. Aside from Chief Mountain, the Two Medicine area is the most sacred section of the park to the Blackfeet. From the Two Medicine Store, several hiking trails lead west and north from the area. Three lakes dominate the area, including Lower Two Medicine Lake, which is also on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Two Medicine Lake, which is the location of the Campstore and the scenic boat rides, and Upper Two Medicine Lake which is a 4 miles (6.4 km) hike from the trailhead. A wealth of fossils are found in the Two Medicine area, Late Cretaceous Dinosaurs and their eggs, for example. info from wikipedia

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sinopah sunrise ©Shawn Coggins

Photo Two of Why I hike series

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Two Medicine Area Trail Map

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