Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine - Member Hike

Hike Name: Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine
Country: United States
State: Montana
Nearby Town: East Glacier Park
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: From Kalispell, take US-2 East to West Glacier. Go North into Glacier NP on Going to the Sun Road. Go all the way through the park and just past the East Gate Visitors Center on the right, there is a dirt road that takes you to the parking and trailhead area of St. Mary.
Total Hike Distance: 33.80 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Starts: St. Mary Trailhead
Hike Ends: Two Medicine Campground
Trails Used: St. Mary, Red Eagle Creek, Triple Divide Pass, North Fork Cut Bank Creek, Pitamakan Pass, Dry Fork, Two Medicine
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Lakes
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Park Headquarters
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Visitor Information
(406) 888-7800
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD)
(406) 888-7806
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This hike crosses 2 passes and a third is a short few hundred yards from Pitamakan Pass. The hike up to the passes are difficult because of the rate of elevation change, but the trails are very well marked. So much so that a map is not really required. The daily mileages aren't all that much, but it leaves opportunities to enjoy the scenery and also gives you time in the morning and evenings to relax and not rush things. There is a shuttle service that runs along Going to the Sun Road at certain times of year, but I don't know of one that runs to Two Medicine, so you will have to plan for a ride or hitchhike back like we did. See trip reports for pictures of individual days and seasonal information.

Elevation Gain = 6707 ft. Elevation Lost = 5955 ft.



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