Paiota Falls, Atsina Falls, and Raven Quiver Falls via Gros Ventre Falls and Mokowanis Cascade

West Glacier, Montana

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The best way to get acquainted with Glacier National Park is to backpack deep into the heart of it and spend a few days walking among its deep, glacially carved valleys, towering peaks, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. This hike provides you with the opportunity to do just that. You’re never far from water as you pass several lakes, cold rushing streams, and an array of waterfalls. The trek culminates at a trio of tall and powerful cascades above Atsina Lake. Water pours down from glaciers that hug the high ridges. You will need to secure a camping permit from the backcountry office in St. Mary before venturing out on the trail. There are five backcountry camp grounds to choose from that are dispersed along the route. The trail drops to the Belly River for a couple miles and then heads up the valley through forests and occasional meadows. After almost six miles of hiking, a side trail to the first backcountry campsite, Gable Creek Campground, appears on your right at a gorgeous view of the colorful rock ridges of Gable Mountain.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

The best way to get acquainted with Glacier National Park is to backpack deep into the heart of it and spend a few days walking among its deep, glacially carved valleys, towering peaks, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. This hike provides you with the opportunity to do just that. You’re never far from water as you pass several lakes, cold rushing streams, and an array of waterfalls. The trek culminates at a trio of tall and powerful cascades above Atsina Lake. Water pours down from glaciers that hug the high ridges. You will need to secure a camping permit from the backcountry office in St. Mary before venturing out on the trail.

There are five backcountry camp grounds to choose from that are dispersed along the route. The trail drops to the Belly River for a couple miles and then heads up the valley through forests and occasional meadows. After almost six miles of hiking, a side trail to the first backcountry campsite, Gable Creek Campground, appears on your right at a gorgeous view of the colorful rock ridges of Gable Mountain.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 30.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 15-17 hours
Season: July to Oct
Features: Waterfalls
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, A6; USGS Quad Gable Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Paiota Falls, Atsina Falls, and Raven Quiver Falls via Gros Ventre Falls and Mokowanis Cascade

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