Two Medicine

Lower Two Medicine Lake, Glacier Park

Lower Two Medicine Lake, Glacier Park

The Two Medicine Area is near East Glacier, MT. Go four mi north on MT 49. Two Medicine is at the end of the nine mi access road which begins there.

From St Mary, MT, go 20 mi south on US 89 to the Kiowa Campground. Take MT 49 (Looking Glass Hill Rd) west nine mi to the Two Medicine access road. Looking Glass Hill has narrow switchbacks without appreciable guardrails. Pavement slumps, which are an inch or two deep here and there, have been patched, but be careful. Ultimately you arrive at the turnout, which reveals this panorama.

Running Eagle Falls, Glacier Park

Running Eagle Falls, Glacier Park

Called Pita Omarkan or Pitamakan, Running Eagle Falls is named for a legendary woman warrior of the Blackfeet who is supposed to have come here on her vision quests.

When runoff is high, water flows over the top ledge.

Asters, Two Medicine River, Glacier Park

Asters, Two Medicine River, Glacier Park


Harebells, Two Medicine River, Glacier Park

Harebells, Two Medicine River, Glacier Park


Ground Squirrel, Two Medicine Campground, Glacier Park

Ground Squirrel, Two Medicine Campground, Glacier Park

At Two Medicine, you don't go to the wildlife; the wildlife comes to you. Inquisitive, intelligent, and brazen, this ground squirrel makes his rounds for handouts. As always, tourists are cautioned against reinforcing such behavior. Wild animals may appear tame; nevertheless, they will butt or bite unpredictably when they feel threatened. Their innate feeding habits have evolved to ensure winter survival and are completely disrupted by the least amount of exotic food.

Rhode, Chuck. "Two Medicine." The Hi-Line and the Yellowstone Trail: To Glacier Park and Back Again. 1 Sept. 2004. Lacus Veris. 29 Apr. 2017 <http://lacusveris.com/The Hi-Line and the Yellowstone Trail/The Rockies/Two Medicine.shtml>. Last modified 6 Oct. 2015. Served 3886 times between 16 May. 2010 and 29 Apr. 2017. Contact mailto:CRhode@LacusVeris.com?subject=LacusVeris.