Hiking to Rockwell Falls, Two Medicine, Glacier Park, Montana
Rockwell Falls is a very pleasant, easy hike in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park in Montana. The hike is 7 miles round trip, and has an elevation gain of 375 feet.
The hike starts by the boat dock on Two Medicine Lake, at the South Shore Trailhead. The trail begins by taking you up a small hill (this is really the only hill you will find on this hike). The trail then flattens and remains fairly flat the rest of the hike.
Not long after beginning your hike, you will see a fork to your right that will lead you down to Paradise Point in 0.4 miles. This is a pretty beach on Two Medicine Lake with nice views.
You will pass by small ponds and walk through a beautiful open meadow not far from the trailhead. (Look for moose in the ponds – we did not see any, and I would recommend hiking very early or later in the evening for your best chance of seeing one.)
The trail then leads you back into the trees, and you stay in the trees pretty much the rest of the hike.
You will reach a small bridge, taking you across Aster Creek, with a nice spot to stop for a snack. Just past the bridge you will reach the turn to Aster Falls (and Aster Park Overlook). You should definitely stop at these falls, as they are just off of the main trail and very pretty.
You will continue on through the forest, until the trail eventually opens up with a view of Sinopah Mountain:
Then you get to cross the fun swinging bridge.
Then you will continue hiking until you reach a fork, and you will turn left to get to Rockwell Falls. (Turning right here would take you back to Two Medicine Lake and to the western shore boat dock where you can take the boat back for a fee.)
The hike remains flat for the remainder of the hike, but takes you through a few open meadows with views of the surrounding mountains:
There are also a ton of huckleberries along this section, so if you are hiking in August, be sure to bring a bag so you can take huckleberries home with you!
You will then reach another bridge, and if you look up the creek to your right, you will see the bottom of Rockwell Falls.
If you cross the bridge, you can take the trail up to the base of Rockwell Falls. There is a log you can walk over to cross the creek to get up to the higher points of the falls, but I am a chicken hiking with my babies, so I prefer to take the easier way.
The easier way to get up to the rest of the waterfall is to go back across the bridge, and you will see a trail that almost looks like someone tried to hide it. Take that trail up that side of the creek and it leads you right up to amazing views of the top of the waterfall. Be very careful in this section. This is the best spot for lunch.
Our toddler is now wanting to hike on her own, so we stopped a lot to pick huckleberries. This is a pleasant hike because it is so flat you can really move quickly, or take your time as we did. The trail continues on to Cobalt Lake and Two Medicine Pass if you wish to keep going.
I highly recommend the hike to Rockwell Falls for families with children that are looking to go to a beautiful waterfall.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog