Extended Backpacking Trips in Glacier National Park – Part 2

“Where do start on planning my extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park?” In Part 1, I explored resources and approach to getting a great extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park. In this video, I’m providing more specific guidance on routes. Routes Covered: Northern Circle Northern Traverse Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake out and backs to…

Glacier National Park Three-Day Trips

You’re getting excited about heading out to Glacier National Park for that sweet three day/two night backpacking trip and you look at the map and see 734 miles of trail and 65 campsites. What to do?! Here are a bunch of my picks in video form with me walking you all over the map. There…

Coal-Fielding Trail

Coal – Fielding Trail

The old South Boundary trail used to run the entire southern length of Glacier National Park along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Today it stops at the Coal Creek trailhead. The southernmost trail that traverses east and west is the Coal-Fielding Trail. Starting at Coal Creek, you ford the Middle Fork of the…

Coal - Nyack Loop

Coal Nyack Loop

While most visitors to Glacier National Park stay around Going to the Sun Road with ventures to Many Glacier and Two Medicine, the furthest north and the furthest south tend to get the least amount of attention. Few places exemplify this more than the Coal Nyack region. The Coal Nyack Loop is accessed either from…

Cutbank Pass

Descending from the shoulders of Mt. Morgan, you find three distinct drainages. You have the Dry Fork drainage in the Two Medicine area, the Nyack to the west and Cutbank to the north. The trail coming up from the Cutbank drainage is called the Pitamakan Pass trail and is frequently used to get from the…

Old Man Lake

Dawson – Pitamakan

It doesn’t take very long to get out of the trees on the east side of Glacier National Park. The loop, known a Dawson-Pitamakan, that goes through two passes in the Two Medicine area rewards you with breathtaking views mile after mile. One access to the loop is by the Two Medicine entrance station known…

Trick Falls or Pitamakan Falls

Running Eagle Falls

Located in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park, Running Eagle Falls or Trick Falls owes its name to a legend of a Blackfoot woman named Pitamakan (Running Eagle) who showed bravery and good medicine in battle. You can read all about her on an interpretive sign at the trailhead of this short, level…

Two Medicine

Scenic Point

The trail to Scenic Point starts just before you get to the turnoff for the campground at Two Medicine. Most people hike up to Scenic Point and back to their cars, while others figure out a shuttle system and hike the rest of the way into East Glacier. Either way, you’re in for a treat….

Cobalt Lake

Park Creek and Two Medicine Pass

I started out this trip by the Walton Ranger station entrance in the southeast corner of Glacier National Park. The long 14 mile walk up Park Creek to the Upper Park Creek patrol cabin and campground is a treed and non strenuous hike… just a bit boring with very limited views. Once you hit Upper…