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Aster Falls - GNP, MT

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,177 feet
Elevation Gain 229 feet
Accumulated Gain 229 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.95
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
51  2017-08-14
Upper Two Medicine Lake
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23  2017-08-14
Upper Two Medicine Lake
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Jul, Aug
Seasons   Summer
Sun  8:13am - 4:38pm
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South Shore Trail to Cobalt Lake
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2,536 ft
Scenic Point - Glacier
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7.6 mi
2,261 ft
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North Shore Trail to Twin Falls
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3,141 ft
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2,929 ft
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by tibber

From the South Shore by Two Medicine lake and camp store parking lot, hike up into the forest, by the ponds, through the meadow and over to the Falls.
Note that the falls and drowning are two of the top causes of death at Glacier National Park.

1/2 mile from the South Shore trail head you will see the first in a series of small beaver ponds.
The trail goes through a mixed forest of Lodgepole Pine and Douglass fir. You will go through a meadow with great views of Rising Wolf Mountain (Blackfeet for "The way the wolf gets up") and from wikipedia: Rising Wolf Mountain was named after Hugh Monroe, a fur trader who lived with the Pikunis and gave him the name Rising Wolf. After his death, his close friend and author James Willard Schultz named the peak after Monroe.
1.1 miles is Aster Creek, and in a short distance is the Aster Park Trail which leads to Aster Falls and Aster Park Overlook.
A short side trail goes to the base of Aster Falls, a 20-foot waterfall that cascades down a rock face in a succession of three drops. However, it is hard to see all three drops if you don't get a good angle (but be careful as the two leading causes of death in Glacier National Park are falls and cold water drownings.)


This would be a quick and fun hike to do for lunch. There isn't a lot of room at the base of the falls but enough to seat a family and not be in the way of the folks coming in to take a look at the Falls.

You can continue here up to Aster Falls Overlook though it does gain 500 feet rather shortly offering great views of the Two Medicine area. This is also on the list of ranger-guided hikes (but not every day).

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


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To hike
From East Glacier Park, MT: Take Hwy 49 into Glacier National Park via the Two Medicine entrance road.
From St Mary, MT: head south on Highway 89, turn right on to Kiowa Loop (Highway 49 or Looking Glass Hill Road).

Drive down the Two Medicine entrance road to the Glacier National Park entrance station at Two Medicine. Continue on Two Medicine entrance road to the Two Medicine Camp Store parking lot.
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