Apikuni Falls

West Glacier, Montana 59921

Apikuni Falls

Apikuni Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The hike to Apikuni Falls is the shortest waterfall hike in the Many Glacier area, but it climbs steadily for almost a mile and gains a quick 130 feet.

The whole family can easily reach a good view of the falls, but the scramble to the base of the falls is much more of a challenge. The waterfall is tall and graceful as it descends a colorful rock wall below towering peaks."

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"This short, steep trail leads up to the desolate cliffs of Apikuni Mountain to visit a long and slender waterfall. Hikers will get excellent mountain views throughout the trek. The hike begins on Apikuni Flats, where grassy meadows offer views of the major peaks up the valley: Mount Gould, with its chiseled countenance; the symmetrical pyramid of Grinnell Point to the north of it; and, between them, the Garden Wall, graced with Salamander and Grinnell Glaciers. At the far edge of the flats, the path undertakes a relentless and calf-burning climb, passing through aspen groves and lodgepole pine stands as it ascends to the base of limestone cliffs. Altyn Peak rises west of Apikuni Creek, while the outer bulwarks of Apikuni Mountain (its reddish summit can be seen through the mouth of the hanging valley above) rise to the east."

"Although the trail has some steep portions in the middle, the rewards are many: Views of Salamander Glacier and Grinnell Glacier dominate the mountains surrounding Many Glacier Valley, and Gem Glacier comes into view as hikers look over their left shoulders to the west to the Garden Wall’s collection of receding glaciers."

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Trail Information

West Glacier
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.8
Distance
130 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30-60 minutes
Duration
June-Oct
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Glacier National Park, Park Headquarters, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 23, B7; USGS Quad Many Glacier
Local Maps