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Running Eagle Falls Nature TrailNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2014
tibber
Hiking0.83 Miles 35 AEG
Hiking0.83 Miles      25 Mns   2.48 mph
35 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Second hike of the day after the Rockwell Falls hike. But before getting there I had to stop on a corner of the road as it was loaded with wildflowers with Indian Paintbrush being the highlight. There was another elderly person using one of those tablets to take pictures of the abundant wildflower scene. I take such great delight in watching others embibe in the beauty of the park. The husband patiently waited in the car.

I hadn't done this hike since 2011 with Wendy and Gary so thot it was time for a quick re-visit. THIS time there was a small foot bridge :) you could use to cross the river. This meant I could get up close and personal with Twin Falls (Running Eagle). Of course as you come in on the wheelchair friendly trail toward the falls, I could see it was running in its twin state and fast and furious. I stood up on one of the viewing benches to get a picture before heading out on the beach.

It was fun to cross the bridge over the fast running water filled with beautiful GNP colored rocks. You proceed on the north side until you come to a :o viewing platform... well that is certainly new but how nice. There was a family frolicking just below the falls in the shallow water. There is an off-trail that continues up toward the falls. It doesn't get quite high enough to see the water flowing from the top and it is quite steep, especially coming down.

It was an overcast and windy day. The overcast helped with taking pics of several different flora on my hike back. Fortunately the residual smoke from all the fires of WA, OR and BC didn't interfere with this hike; altho I still couldn't smell Glacier Park as it still smelled smokey :( . There were a few other souls coming and going but it was still peaceful. I think this hike should always be a "must do" if you're over in the Two Medicine Valley. There is also a nature interpretive trail but I was hungry so it was time to head over for dinner at the infamous Two Sisters outside of Babb, MT.

FYI - Two Sisters lived up to its reputation :DANCE: . I sat at the counter as it was packed. I couldn't decide what to eat so I had a cup of Big John's Chili with cheese and crunchy pita chips (the chips were great with the chili) and onion rings. There were so many crispy/tender onion rings I only ate half the basket but of course, the highlight was the huckleberry pie (however I was too full so had it for breakfast the next day). I watched these local chefs work in very tight confines putting out some of the best looking food. I spoke with the owner about other items on her menu as they were different like a raspberry/rhubarb pie and a huckleberry aioli that they used on their steak.

VIDEO and I think the colors and light turned out great on the falls: http://youtu.be/Imvd9aoFuRg
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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