Running Eagle Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana
Running Eagle Falls is a waterfall that everyone should see while visiting Glacier National Park. This is because it is so easily accessible — a 0.3 mile walk on a flat, wide, wheelchair-accessible path makes this a great waterfall for any park visitor. While the hike itself is easy, the waterfall is found in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. This area may be out of the way for some, but if you do visit the Two Medicine area of the park (which I highly recommend!) be sure to stop by these falls. You will see a sign for the parking lot after entering the park before you begin the drive up the hill to Two Medicine Lake.
Also known as “Trick Falls,” the waterfall looks different depending on what time of year you visit. In the spring, the spring runoff causes the water to fall from the top, covering the lower waterfall that comes through the rock. When the water level decreases later in the summer, the upper waterfall will disappear and you will only see the lower waterfall rushing through the rock in the cliff face.
This is a lovely area. The waterfall flows down into a stream that you can walk around and wade in. A footbridge leads you across the creek and you can walk up to get close to the falls. There is a viewing platform to stop at, or you can continue “off-path” and up near the falls. On a nice day you will see people jumping off the rocks into the pool at the base of the falls.
Be sure to stop by the sign in the front of the parking lot that gives a nice description of how the waterfall received its name. Running Eagle was a female leader of the Blackfeet Nation who experienced her vision quest in the mountains above the falls.
Be sure to stop by the Running Eagle waterfall in Glacier National Park on your trip! Make it a quick stop, or enjoy your lunch.