East Glacier, MT
Spectacular Two Medicine Pass and remote Lake Isabel. The thought of Glacier National Park often conjures up images of bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Going-to-the-Sun Road or people on every trail; Hidden Lake (on Logan Pass) doesn’t seem so hidden and wildlife not so wild. Much of the park is truly wild, however, and you only have to get off the beaten path to experience it. There are three ways to get away from the crowds. First, go somewhere no one wants to go. Second, go somewhere few people know about. Third, go somewhere that is too hard for most people to go. The third philosophy works for this hike. There are two routes to Lake Isabel. One is a 16.9-mile flat and in-the-trees hike up Park Creek; the other is the scenic but more difficult 15-mile grunt over Two Medicine Pass. The latter is the one described here. The difficulty of this route reduces use, of course, but in addition, the National Park Service has only one campsite at the lake, and it’s usually reserved. That, too, helps make this trip a true wilderness adventure where you’ll have all the solitude you could ever want.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||East Glacier|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||5,100 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,700 ft|
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