Fall Day Hike – Two Medicine Valley
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us as we explore the unique natural wonders of the Two Medicine Valley. Sinopah Mountain, meaning “kit fox” in Blackfeet, looms above the South Shore trailhead of Two Medicine Lake, a sedimentary monument of awe. Hikers will encounter montane forest of lodgepole pine and Douglas fir throughout the meadows and marshy areas of this beautiful valley. Hiking through these stunning aspen parklands involves glacially carved lakes and towering mountains, waterfalls, and bubbling creeks. Red rock lights up the mountainsides, leaving every visitor with a deep appreciation for this beautiful valley and the stories behind it. Fall day hikes through Two Medicine Valley involve a maximum distance of 8 miles and maximum of 1,000 ft of elevation changes. Most Two Medicine trails follow along Two Medicine lake with gradual elevation changes. Trails to the various falls may involve higher elevation changes but always at a gradual pace. Any of the trails can be done at the preferred pace of the hiker while observing fantastic scenery along the way.
Meeting Place: 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Physical Requirements: Total Distance (roundtrip): 8 miles (max) / Total elevation gain: 1000 feet (max)
Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.
Equipment: Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at the higher elevations, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are very useful, but optional, as well as field guides that interest you.