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South Shore Trail to Cobalt LakeNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2008
Grasshopper
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,536 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.72 mph
2,536 ft AEG
 
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After arriving in East Glacier Park,MT the day before, this hike was to be our first of nine full day outings planned in Glacier National Park. I was much looking forward to this "Two Medicine Section" hike having been earlier recommended by previous Montana resident and HAZ member-Crocodile Ryan.

It is worth repeating what I stated in the hike description "A day hike or backpack to this lake or beyond ranks among the finest in Glacier NP. This trail goes by beaver ponds, crosses several green, lush meadows, passes two waterfalls- Aster Falls and 4-level Rockwell Falls. Before the falls there is also a .4ml side trip to Paradise Point on Two Medicine Lake which is an outstanding viewpoint. Hikers may camp at beautiful Cobalt Lake known for its rich green of surrounding forests and meadows, the alternating bands of deep red and cobalt that run through the cliffs and the bright blue of the lake".

For this late June hike into Cobalt Lake(considered early season for GNP), we weren't able to view the bright blue of this lake, instead we saw a beautiful blue-iced lake at 6570' with a chance to sharpen our snow hiking skills for approximately 25% of this 12ml R/T hike. We also witnessed some of the most beautiful lush green forests, meadows, and active beaver ponds in this section of the park. With all the snow that Glacier had received this past winter season and now with the alpine snow melt in full force, beautiful Aspen and 4-level Rockwell Falls were just roaring. This hike into scenic paradise of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine also offered us many scenic cascading water flows down the numerous rocky cliffs as we hiked to and back from Cobalt Lake. This hike was also my first chance to put to good use the "go to" and "reverse route" compass options on my new Garmin GPS(when we were within ~1ml of the lake, the trail had pretty much disappeared under snow with little to no recent hiking activity to the lake). It worked and I was able to find our way there with only a little confusion getting us three back out again to the actual trail..I am still in learning mode! This dayhike was truly a wonderful introduction to GNP for us! :GB:
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