Hiking Information

Hiking Information

Two Medicine & Many Glacier

Two Medicine & Many Glacier

  1. Seasonal Road Closures in Effect - The seasonal closure on the upper portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is in effect. Vehicles are prohibited between Avalanche Creek and the foot of St. Mary Lake. Roads entering into the Two Medicine and Many Glacier valleys are currently closed for seasonal closures.

Hiking in Glacier Park

Glacier National Park has an expansive trail system. Many of these trails can be accessed from one of our historic boat tours. The optional guided hikes are available at two of our tour locations at no additional cost. Guided hikes will be available based on trail conditions and water levels. We recommend checking trail status via Glacier National Park’s Trail Status page.

We encourage all hikers to arrive at the dock wearing proper shoes and layered clothing for changing weather conditions. Please bring plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized while on the trails. Bear spray is also commonly carried by hikers in Glacier National Park, please keep bear spray stowed inside of a backpack while aboard our boats to ensure there is no accidental discharge of bear spray while we are underway.

Waterfall
Trial Head Sign

Two Medicine Lake

Twin Falls Guided Walk

Stroll through forests and sweeping alpine meadows while learning about the flora and geology on your way to see the double cascade waterfalls. Round trip distance is 1.8 miles with a slight 25-foot elevation gain. Total trip time boat and hike 2.5 hours.

Upper Two Medicine Lake

The Two Medicine boat tour eliminates six miles off of your round-trip hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake, which offers unrivaled scenery and excellent fishing. The National Park Service offers a variety of Ranger led hikes to various Two Medicine destinations. Please check the Ranger Led Activity Schedule for dates and times.

Hiking on Your Own

If you wish to hike on your own, all boat trips dock at the head of the lake and allow for hiking. For safety reasons, we do not recommend hiking alone. Be aware that if you miss the 5:15 pm pick-up, there will not be another boat returning to pick you up. If you are there for a return trip at 5:15 pm and there are more passengers waiting than can fit on the boat, the captain will return for the remaining passengers. If you miss the boat, it is a 3.5 mile hike back to the parking lot. Return times at Two Medicine are 9:15, 10:15, 11:15*, 1:15*, 3:15* and 5:15*. All return times are on a space available basis.

* Multiple trips to take everyone back to the main dock.

Many Glacier

Grinnell Lake Walk

Guided walks to Grinnell Lake are offered on the 9:00 am and 2:00 pm tours. Revel in the mountain fresh air and enjoy the coolness of old-growth forest as you walk to this pristine, turquoise lake. Our guides will identify the flora and fauna and discuss the geology, ecology, and history of the area. Round trip distance is 2 miles with minimal elevation gain. Total trip time with boat and hike is 4 hours.

Grinnell Glacier Hike

Our boat tours can reduce your hike to Grinnell Glacier hike by four miles (round-trip) from the Many Glacier Hotel. Round trip hike distance from the head of Lake Josephine is 7.6 miles with 1600 foot elevation gain. The Grinnell Glacier trail does not typically open until mid-July. Passengers wishing to take the 8:30 am Scenic Tour will be required to disembark, the next available return boat is at 9:45 am.

Grinnell Glacier Trial
Hiking on Your Own

If you wish to hike on your own, all boat tours dock at the head of the lake and allow for hiking. For safety reasons, we do not recommend hiking alone. Be aware that if you miss the 5:30 pm pick-up, there will not be another boat returning to pick you up. If you miss the boat, it is a 2.5 mile hike back to the Many Glacier Hotel. Return trips from the head of Lake Josephine are 9:45, 11:45*, 1:45**, 2:45, 3:45** and 5:30*. All return times are space available.

* Multiple trips to take everyone back to the main dock.

** Begins July 1st

This service is operated by Glacier Park Boat Company, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Services and prices are approved by the National Park Service.

Please address comments to:
Superintendent
Glacier National Park
PO Box 128
West Glacier, Montana 59936

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Columbia Falls, MT 59912
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