Morning Eagle Falls Trail is one of the later trails to open in GNP
Many Glacier Trails Trail Map
In a average snow year the bridges are scheduled to be installed by mid July. Which is fine for Morning Eagle Falls which has a large flow. Feather Plume falls however by that time of the year has a greatly diminished flow. Looks like mid July before bridges are installed for 2013. Mid August was a good time to plan on this hike in 2011.
I've left the trail crew report from 2008 on this page to give you an idea of how different conditions are this year - 2011.
Mid July is usually the earliest that this trail opens. This year it will require fording a creek as one of the bridges has been washed away and as of July 10, 2013 not replaced. As of the first day of summer 2008 this trail was NOT passable to Morning Eagle Falls. I hope to get a pic of the tallest waterfall sometime during the summer of 2013, this falls isn't the tallest. Will let you know which I consider to be the best. The other waterfall will be a test of my hiking abilities and endurance.
For more information you can check out Piegan Pass Trail. The Piegan Pass Trail is one of those trails that is on my list to hike as often as possible. If your start on the west side it's not as difficult as it looks on paper. This is one of the best trails to experience remote backcountry while on a day hike. Morning Eagle Falls photo below
Morning Eagle Falls
A slow hiker's guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers
Whitefish Pilot article on my Wildflower Guide.
A moderate hike from Many Glacier, particularly if you take Glacier Boat from the Many Glacier Hotel.
Morning Eagle Falls late summer obscured by smoke from the Montana forest fires of 2007. Feather Plume Falls was dry by late last summer. There are at least four ways to get to this beautiful waterfall.
Take Glacier Boat from the Many Glacier Hotel, then take the trail to Grinnell Lake, after enjoying the views at Grinnell Lake pick up the trail to Piegan Pass.
Or you can take the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail, continue on to the Lake Josephine Trail, then keep on going to Grinnell Lake and finally pick up the trail to Piegan Pass.
The third option (my least favorite) is to take the Piegan Pass Trail from Many Glacier Hotel which skips all the lakes and goes through the forest to Morning Eagle Falls. At this point the trial starts its climb to Piegan Pass.
Any of the above ways is an easy hike. To challenge yourself start on the west side of Glacier National Park and start at Siyeh Bend, then onto the Piegan Pass Trail. This goes over the continental divide then follow the trail downhill until you get to the sub-alpine fir grove. At that point you should be able to see Feather Plume Falls. This way you will end up at Many Glacier Hotel were you can catch the EastSide Shuttle service back to St Mary Visitor Center. Don't forget to bring your park pass and $10.00 in cash for the shuttle. Eastside Shuttle times are available currently Unkown as new agent will be handling the shuttle starting in 2014.
“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.
View, from the Piegan Pass trail as it traverses the slope above Lake Josephine, towards Grinnell Glacier which 100 hundred years ago would have connected to Salamander Glacier. Now only Salamander is visible from this view point the snow below Salamander is the remains of last winters snow fall and will have melted off by late August. This view point does provide a nearly full aspect of Salamander. Not visible is the end of the 'tail' which nearly reaches up to the notch in the Garden Wall. The top photo on my home page is taken from that notch down towards Grinnell and at that point almost touching the top of Salamander.