Geology of Two Medicine Valley | Guided Educational Hike

The scientific story behind the majestic scenery on Glacier Park

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Distance

10 Miles

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Elevation Gain

2,300 Feet

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Difficulty

Strenuous

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

Glacier National Park is a geological marvel where opposing forces of nature have shaped the landscape over billions of years. This course will take place within the Two Medicine Valley, surrounded by glacially carved mountains and lakes with glimpses of the iconic Lewis overthrust fault. During our hike we will experience Glacier on the geological timescale, where discussions will focus on the sedimentation, uplifting, and carving that shaped this incredible landscape. The class is designed for those with an interest in the scientific story behind the majestic scenery in Glacier National Park.

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Geology of Two Medicine Valley | Guided Educational Hike

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Instructor: Jeff Kuhn

Glacier National Park is a geological marvel where opposing forces of nature have shaped the landscape over billions of years. This Glacier Institute course will take place within the Two Medicine Valley, surrounded by glacially carved mountains and lakes with glimpses of the iconic Lewis overthrust fault. During our hike we will experience Glacier National Park on the geological timescale, where discussions will focus on the sedimentation, uplifting, and carving that shaped this incredible landscape. This Glacier Institute class is designed for those with an interest in the scientific story behind the majestic scenery. It is worth every step in this 10 mile hike while climbing 2,300 ft in elevation. Be ready for an incredible Glacier Park hike with outstanding vistas and views.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp

Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)
At 7 a.m. we will gather at Glacier Institute Field Camp for introductions and an overview of the geology of Glacier National Park before our departure for Two Medicine. Several pull-outs along our drive provide key geologic perspectives as well as photo opportunities. In Two Medicine we will hit the trail and halfway through, we will eat lunch on the trail. Returning by the same route, the course will end by 4 p.m. and will not be cancelled due to weather.

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.

Equipment: You will receive a Glacier Institute Field Camp gear list once you register. Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2-liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at the high elevations, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers.

Physical Requirements: Strenuous difficulty. We will hike at a moderate pace to discuss the landscape. The hike will be up to 10 miles with 2,300 ft elevation gain.

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What to Expect On Your Geology of Two Medicine Valley | Day Hike

We will spend the day in the Two Medicine Valley surrounded by glacially carved mountains and lakes. We will hike at a moderate pace to discuss the landscape. The hike will be up to 10 miles with 2,300 feet in elevation changes.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Glacier Institute Field Camp, West Glacier
  • Instructor: Jeff Kuhn
  • The program will begin 7 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers 10 miles with 2,300 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 hikers per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here