Dawson-Pitamakan

West Glacier, Montana 59936

Dawson-Pitamakan

Dawson-Pitamakan Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Dawson-Pitamakan (pronounced pit-AH-muh-kun) Trail runs from Two Medicine Lake to the Continental Divide and around into the Dry Fork drainage to form a long loop. It offers spectacular views of the spires of the southern Lewis Range, as well as good wildlife-viewing opportunities along its entire length.

The trail may be hiked in its entirety in a single day, but it takes several days to fully explore the wonders of this region. The trail begins at the Two Medicine Campground and winds around the north shore of the lake, beneath the hulking mass of Rising Wolf Mountain."

Dawson-Pitamakan Trip Reports

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8/20/2009
The ascent from the Dawson side was difficult but the view was worth every step!! We took a side trip to No Name Lake which was beautiful as well. The trek along the Continental Divide was a bit scary, but again the views were spectacular - I would recommend this hike to anyone that has a day to spend :o) Start early to allow for lots of picture taking & appreciation!!
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8/13/2007
Great hike, but we did it Pitamakan-Dawson. The downhill from Dawson was very steep and think it would have been a difficult uphill to start. The boat at the end of the hike was great.
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7/29/2006
World class loop definitely manageable as a day hike if you're in pretty good shape. Whichever direction you hike it (I think I would choose clockwise, i.e. left at the trailhead), all of the tough climbing will be over in the first 6-8 miles. The middle miles are packed with views views views dished up over the course of an easy route following ridges and traversing slopes. Mount Flinsch is worth climbing if you have the energy. I think the trail mentioned that this was a class 2 ascent, but I would rate it class 3 based on some high angle scrambling and significant exposure toward the end. But I ascended from the southwest--there might be an easier class 2 route on the southeast side closer to the saddle with Rising Wolf. Enjoy!
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6/28/2001
This is one of my favorite day hikes in Glacier, with views of some of the most remote parts of the park.
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Trail Information

West Glacier
Nearby City
6.7
Distance
2,935 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Squaw Mountain, Mount Rockwell, Cut Bank Pass
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