Hiking to Appistoki Falls at Two Medicine, Glacier National Park, Montana
Appistoki Falls is a pretty waterfall located in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. This is an easy hike, taking you 0.6 miles one way through the woods to the falls, with an elevation gain of 175 feet. If you are in the Two Medicine area, you should definitely do this hike for the whole family!
This hike is also how you get to Scenic Point and Mount Henry.
Unfortunately for us, the day we hiked to the waterfall, there was a carcass in the trail so the spur trail (where the trail veers right off the main trail near the en to reach the falls) was closed due to bears feeding on the carcass. We still hiked up to the spot where the trail was closed, where there was a rope blocking the trail. This made for some fun photo opportunities:
But because of this, we didn’t see the actual falls. I have read that the hill going down prevents people from actually reaching the falls, and that they are only viewable from a platform some distance away.
I happily took the opportunity to stop and pick huckleberries, which are quite plentiful along the trail.
The trailhead is reached by heading to the Scenic Point parking lot, between the Running Eagle Falls trailhead and Two Medicine Lake. You will see a sign that says “Scenic Point,” and you should park here. (The featured first image of this blog post is right next to the parking lot.)
As always, you should try to avoid hiking in the heat of the day, and the earlier in the day you go, the more parking that will be available as this is not a large parking lot.
Enjoy Appistoki Falls at Two Medicine!
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog