May 22, 2017

Hiking to Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana

Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

Hiking to Apikuni Falls near Many Glacier in Glacier National Park is a quick hike to get your heart pumping.

While this hike is only 1 mile each way, the trail takes you uphill most of the time, with an elevation gain of about 700 feet.  As we began our hike to this stunning waterfall, we were warned by people coming down that the trail “was steep! Really steep!”

Hiking to Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

Apikuni Falls comes down near the bottom right of the closest mountain.

The great thing is that you can do this hike quickly, and the end result is a large waterfall cascading over a cliff in front of you.  Not too shabby.

Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

You will see the trail sign as the first hiking trail after you enter the Many Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park.  You will see a sign to your right with a small parking lot with enough room for about ten cars. 

The trail takes you through the trees most of the way, slightly curving its way up to the base of the waterfall.  You can hear the river running to your left the entire way with side trails leading over promising views, but I didn’t see many.  The very end of the hike just before the waterfall you will cross through a rocky, exposed area.

While the goal is to get to the waterfall, there are a few spots in the beginning and along the way that open up with amazing views:

Hiking to Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014 Hiking to Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

The day we hiked we had bad luck with weather.  Just as we reached the end of the hike (and the waterfall), it began hailing.  Yes, hailing.  In August.  No surprise if you are used to Montana weather.  However, we had our two small children with us (particularly our one-month-old baby), that I did not want to get pummeled with hail.  This also happened to be the day that we forgot our baby carrier at our campsite in Two Medicine, so I carried our baby up the mountain.  So we didn’t even get to enjoy the waterfall.  I grabbed a video to share with you all, and we booked it back down to the trees just in case the hail grew large.  Our kids are such troopers. :)

The Neill family at Apikuni Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014Of course by the time we got back to the trees, it stopped hailing, but the looming clouds forced us to book it back to the car before there was another down pour.

If you are looking for a quick hike near Many Glacier and are up for a hill, the hike to Apikuni Falls is for you!

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

http://www.montanavacationblog.com/

 

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