Beaver Medicine Falls, Akaiyan Falls, and Feather Woman Falls

West Glacier, Montana

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This is one of Montana’s most difficult yet rewarding waterfall dayhikes. Gunsight Pass Trail gains about 3,800 feet in 6 miles, taking you from the shores of Lake McDonald to the alpine splendor of Edwards Mountain, Gunsight Mountain, and Glacier Basin. You follow crystalline streams through lush forests to three large, dynamic waterfalls. Extend your visit to some high-mountain lakes and to an observation point of Sperry Glacier. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife along the way—deer and black bear inhabit the lower elevation terrain and mountain goats and grizzlies prefer the higher areas.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

This is one of Montana’s most difficult yet rewarding waterfall dayhikes. Gunsight Pass Trail gains about 3,800 feet in 6 miles, taking you from the shores of Lake McDonald to the alpine splendor of Edwards Mountain, Gunsight Mountain, and Glacier Basin.

You follow crystalline streams through lush forests to three large, dynamic waterfalls. Extend your visit to some high-mountain lakes and to an observation point of Sperry Glacier. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife along the way—deer and black bear inhabit the lower elevation terrain and mountain goats and grizzlies prefer the higher areas.

© 2017 John Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 12.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10-12 hours
Season: July-Oct
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park, Park Headquarters, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 23, C6; USGS Quad Lake McDonald East
Driving Directions: Directions to Beaver Medicine Falls, Akaiyan Falls, and Feather Woman Falls

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