Ted's Hiking World Twin Falls
Glacier National Park

July 19, 2008

I have been anticipating this hike, as this is my first-ever visit to the Two Medicine area in the southeast corner of the park.  A squirrel greets us in the parking lot.

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Local panhandler German Iris in front of the tourist shop

Reservations are advised for the 2½-mile boat trip to the far end of Two Medicine Lake.  Early arrivals got lucky; but by launch time, all seats were filled.  The ride itself is quite scenic.

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Awaiting a tour guide.  That's Sinopah Mountain, 8220'

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Rising Wolf Mountain, 9475'

After securing our get-back-on-the-boat-later passes, we start up the trail.  Lots of flowers adorn nearby Two Medicine Creek; several varieties are unfamiliar to me.

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Bear Grass Twinberry Honeysuckle
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Mountain Dandelion Western Thimbleberry

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(unknown)

The meadow sports activity of all sorts.

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In full bloom

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Western Checkerspot (unknown)

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Yampah might be an aphrodesiac

It is just over a mile to the falls.

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Twin Falls #1 Twin Falls #2

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Beautiful creek bottom

From here one can continue westward either to No Name Lake or Upper Two Medicine Lake; but we call it quits here, having 400 miles to drive yet today.  Many more flower types are in evidence.

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Daisy Wild Geranium

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Bride's Bonnet

Sitting on the same side of the boat during the return trip begets some new scenery, including evidence of the ongoing beetle infestation.

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Appistoki Peak, 8110' The beetles have been here

A parting shot of the surroundings sends us on our way.

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Two Medicine Lake

§: This pleasant stroll was enhanced by the nice boat ride.  We really should have walked farther today.

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Note: on the way out of the area, don't miss the short walk to amazing Running Eagle Falls, also known as Trick Falls.  Some water spills over the top, while most of the flow mysteriously drops down through a hole in the rock.

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Barbara and me at Running Eagle Falls

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