Triple Divide Pass – 14.2mi / 22.9km
Triple Divide Peak is so named because, based on which face of the peak a drop of precipitation lands, it will end up in one of three different oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific or the Arctic. Triple Divide Pass is right below this peak and is the route between the Cut Bank area and St. Mary area of the Park.
Starting out at the remote Cut Bank trailhead, you will pass a wildflower meadow with towering peaks in the background. The trail goes into the forest with frequent views of the North Fork Cut Bank Creek. Just past the junction with the Medicine Grizzly Trail, you begin climbing. The sporadic views that you enjoyed below become permanent as you emerge from the treeline and hike up towards the pass. Medicine Grizzly Lake becomes quickly visible and the waterfalls cascading down the cliffs are truly beautiful.
From the pass, the views into either drainage are fantastic. Keep an eye out for the marmots and squirrels here as well as they like to snack on salty gear.
Trailhead: Follow Cut Bank Road all the way to the end of the road for the only trailhead.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,400ft / 720m