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Cut Bank Pass TR to Med. Grizzly Lake, MT

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,172 feet
Elevation Gain 486 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,789 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 20.95
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Overview: The North Fork Cut Bank Creek valley is located on the east side of GNP, between Two Medicine and Saint Mary. Mother Nature has done a beautiful job of landscaping this area with beautiful meadows, outstanding Rocky Mtn summits, dense-green forests and ground cover, and topped off with the rapid flow of the North Fork of Cut Bank Creek & Atlantic Creek paralleling & crossing this Pitamakan Trail. This popular backpack trail makes it way(with little elev gain/loss) to a most beautiful setting at Medicine Grizzly Lake. The Pitamakan Pass TR also provides the route over Pitamakan Pass(7580') to the Two Medicine section of GNP and another popular route over Triple Divide Pass(7397') at Triple Divide Peak(one of the most "unusual" points on the North American continent!..Google it..) to the Saint Mary section of GNP.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Cut Bank Pass TR to Med. Grizzly Lake
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This popular east Glacier Natl Park backpack trail begins at the Cut Bank TH and makes it way(with little elev gain/loss)to a most beautiful setting 6 hiking miles in at Medicine Grizzly Lake(5618'). Mother Nature did a beautiful job of landscaping this area with beautiful meadows, outstanding Rocky Mtn summits, dense-green forests and ground cover, and topped off with the rapid flow of the North Fork of Cut Bank Creek & Atlantic Creek paralleling & crossing this Pitamakan Trail.

For the start of our 5th day hike on this 10 day GNP trip, we were greeted with a cloudy, misty morning with low clouds hanging over the many dominant Rocky Mtn Peaks that lie between us and the lush green meadows with spring flowers guiding our path. As we hiked in we enjoyed the lush-green Douglas fir and lodge pole pine forests that bordered this trail with the fast moving North Fork of Cut Bank Creek and Atlantic Creek paralleling and crossing our trail at numerous locations. At 3.9mls in we passed the intersection of the Pitamakan Lake/Pass(7580') Trail that continues on to the Two Medicine Section of GNP. At 4.3mls we passed a nice backcountry campsite area as we continued to a left turn spur trail junction for Medicine Grizzly Lake at 4.5mls in. If in instead, you continue straight at this spur trail intersection, you will be on another popular backpacking route to Triple Divide Pass(7397') at Triple Divide Peak(one of the most "unusual" points on the North American continent..Google it!!..) to the Saint Mary section of GNP.

At ~6mls in at the beautiful setting with mirror perfect Medicine Grizzly Lake, we took a lunch break as we took-in the surrounding backdrop views of Medicine Grizzly Peak(8153') and Triple Divide Peak(7982') with cascading waterfalls and lacy snow melts streaming down from the high plateaus and cliffs above...just picture perfect reflections to remember forever! :GB:

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Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees


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From Saint Mary,MT: Drive south on Hwy 89 for 15 miles, then turn west(right) onto maintained gravel Cut Bank Road for 5 miles to it end past the campground to the TH parking(on right side of road) for Cut Bank Creek Trail.
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