Upper Two Medicine Lake

East Glacier, Montana

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An easy hike into a spectacular mountain lake. The first part of this hike is as easy as it gets — a boat ride.After 9:00 A.M. you can catch a ride on the Hiker’s Express for a small sum. The boat leaves about every hour from the lower end of the lake to a boat ramp and shelter at the upper end. This cuts 3 miles off your hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake. Perhaps because this is such an easy hike that can be combined with a scenic boat ride, it’s extremely popular. On a warm summer day, hundreds of people will take the boat ride and walk as far as Twin Falls, and many of them will extend their day hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake.

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"An easy hike into a spectacular mountain lake. The first part of this hike is as easy as it gets — a boat ride.After 9:00 A.M. you can catch a ride on the Hiker’s Express for a small sum. The boat leaves about every hour from the lower end of the lake to a boat ramp and shelter at the upper end. This cuts 3 miles off your hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake. Perhaps because this is such an easy hike that can be combined with a scenic boat ride, it’s extremely popular. On a warm summer day, hundreds of people will take the boat ride and walk as far as Twin Falls, and many of them will extend their day hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: East Glacier
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or overnighter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,250 feet
Top Elevation: 5,550 feet
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: USGS Dancing Lady, Mount Rockwell

Upper Two Medicine Lake Reviews

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7/30/2009
A fun easy hike through a less travelled section of the park. It is a beautiful lake. The trail access to the lake is between several of the backcountry campsites in the area. Access to the water can be limited by the large number of deadfall that have migrated to the lower section of the lake. At this time the hike also moves through an avalanche area which is pretty interesting. For a more fun and shorter hike take the boat to the dock at the far end of lower Two Medicine Lake
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