Hiking to Upper Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
The hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana is an easy, beautiful hike to take. If you want to see a mountain lake in the Two Medicine Valley, this is your hike. This hike is located in the Two Medicine Valley, and is 5 miles one way, if you don’t catch the boat.
If you take the boat tour, keep in mind that the boat only leaves at certain times. You will load the boat at the boat dock at the head of Two Medicine Lake right at the parking area, and you will get off the boat and follow the signs all of the way to Upper Two Medicine Lake.
This is a fairly easy hike,with an elevation gain of 350 feet, and begins in the trees, but the last section of it is in the open, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains in the Two Medicine Valley.
The day we hiked, we got to the lake and realized that my hubby had forgotten to pack the wipes. Wipes are pretty key when you have a baby in diapers. I suggest that you always double check your husband if he is packing bags for little ones!
You will pass the detour to Twin Falls on your way, which I highly recommend stopping to enjoy. This is just a short detour from the main trail to the lake. Read about the hike to Twin Falls here.
I thought that this hike was easier than the hike to Avalanche Lake, (if you catch the boat), but my husband thought that they were comparable. There are not a lot of hills on this trail, just a few minor inclines. I would start early because the end of the hike is hot because it is exposed without any trees.
Just before you reach Upper Two Medicine Lake, there is a smaller lake (more of a pond) down and to your left. It seems like this would be a great place to see moose. We did not see any on our hike, and there is no trail down there.
When you reach the lake, to your left that is the camping area. You need an overnight camping permit to camp here. If you go to your right, that is where you will find access to the lake as well as a food preparation area. The food preparation area is really just a few logs and a place to store food that will be bear safe.
Except for one small beach, there is not a lot of access to the lake. A lot of logs have fallen into the water to the left from avalanches, making a lot of the lake difficult to access. I did see people climb over the logs to go to other sections of the lake to fish. We were lucky the day we were there and were able to get the beach spot. Many people came behind us and really did not have anywhere to go, but we did not stay too long so that other people could use the beach we were on also.
This is a very pretty mountain lake, and I wish there was a trail leading around as it looks like there are waterfalls at the head of the lake that would be fun to reach. However the hike to the lake itself is beautiful and worth it. Plan on eating lunch at the lake before you head back.
If you took the boat across the lake, you will have received a purple return ticket to get back on the boat to get back. The afternoon pick up times for the boat are often very full, with hundreds of people waiting to catch the boat. The boat company will do multiple trips in order to get additional passengers, but they do give first priority to those with purple tickets. Of course the option of hiking around the lake is always there as well, but this will add time to your hike.
This is another great hike for family is if you are visiting the Two Medicine area in Glacier National Park, or want to do some overnight camping in the back country.
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