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Diverse Trail in Less Visited Area of GNP

Hike up to Dawson pass offers a lot of diversity including a hike along a very big lake, a hike up... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Kevin C
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Center Valley
Best hike in Glacier !

Easy to do in a single day. Don't worry about taking the boat - it only cuts off a flat easy... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
HikerTraveler1713
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New York
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Easy to do in a single day. Don't worry about taking the boat - it only cuts off a flat easy section. We cruised up to Dawson Pass and saw Big Horned Sheep on the way. At the top of Dawson Pass the views are incredible and every turn yields a different view that is equally as awesome as the one before. Beautiful lakes on the way, including a short extra jaunt to Old Man Lake. The trail is easy to follow, not very crowded and incredibly scenic.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Wow. This was a phenomenal day hike. It was long... as other reviewers have said, but it is worth every bit of effort if you are an avid hiker/able-bodied human. My dad is 65, brother is 30 and I am 28. We are all active but none of us hike regularly. We all made it through agreeing that it is a not to be missed hike! We started on the trail at around 6:45am and finished around 4:00pm. The first part of the hike (pitamakin side) is through forrest, field and streams. It’s quite relaxing and sets an easy pace for the rest of the day. Once you begin the climb, that’s when things get interesting. It’s about a mile of switchbacks up a mountain and opening up to the prettiest vista of gorgeous royal blue lakes and mountains. Then you have about 4 miles of walking on the side of a mountain. This part is scary if you fear heights. It’s windy and the path is full of loose rock with a cliff to your one side. However, if you can get over that fear and look up and out, the views of the mountain ranges are gorgeous. Once you reach Dawson Pass it is all downhill (literally). It’s rough on the knees and very steep. You’re exhausted by this point too which doesn’t help. Then you renter the forrest for your final trek. You can opt to take the boat across two medicine to make the trip 3 miles shorter. We ended up walking it because the boat schedule didn’t work with our timing, and the extra mileage was flat with some pretty views.

Bring water.
Bring food.

Enjoy on of the the prettiest hikes in Glacier.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

Did this as a backpacking loop although some hearty hikers do the loop in one day. Either way you do it the views are breathtaking. Points to consider: 1. Do the loop clockwise, starting on the trail next to Two Medicine Lake. This will give you the most scenic walk into the loop along the lake (or some might take the ferry to the head of Two Medicine to cut down on a few miles). 2. Bring water and snacks. The hikes up to the pass (either side) will be hard. There is NO WATER between Pitamakan Pass and Dawson Pass. During the later summer, there is water from No Name Lake, then the next time, Oldman Lake. I would strongly recommend that you refill at both lakes either to prepare for the hike up or after you descend. You will need a good water filtration system. Do not dismiss this advice. 3. If you are backpacking, some do one night at either No Name or Oldman, then walk the loop and out. That is long but doable. Other options: A. Night one in Oldman, night two in Upper Two Medicine (the walk in is slightly less scenic, but Upper Two Medicine is really pretty and you have most of the descent completed). B. Night one in No Name, night two in Oldman (or reversed). These are both on the loop. Both are really nice. The route between Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass is like the Highline trail without all the people. DO IT.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is an all-day hike for very fit and avid hikers. It will test your stamina but reward you in ways I cannot express.

Once on the trail, it doesn’t take very long to walk out of the trees, so you will never be hiking in tree-jail. The loop goes through two passes and rewards you with breathtaking views the entire day.

Grizzlies frequent the entire area, so be on the lookout and be sure to carry bear spray and know how to use it. Once you begin to climb up Pitamakan Pass you will be walking through vast fields of seasonal wildflowers so long as the high elevation snows have melted out. There will be a series of steep switchbacks that gain elevation quickly. Views at the pass summit will be amazing. You are likely to see Big Horn Sheep up there.

Once you reach Pitamakan Overlook and the other-worldy views from there, you will be looking across expansive valleys with many hanging glacial lakes called tarns.

It can get very very windy and cold up there, so dress accordingly in snug layers with head gear and gloves...even in Summer. The strong winds may make you wonder if you can actually stay on your feet without being blown over.

Further along Dawson Pass it is equally gorgeous. The trail takes you up where you will find yourselves up among the mountain goats and Big Horns once again. You will encounter views that are unimaginably vast and unbelievably gorgeous. Search the skies for Bald Eagles soaring above the lakes. You will not be on a crowded trail, but will find yourself alone in God's Country.

Finally you will head back down Dawson Pass with more Big Horns nearby and arrive back to the Two Medicine Lake area. The last boat leaves the dock at 5:20 PM, so you could board that back to the parking area to shorten the hike and give your feet a brief rest. If you arrive back later in the day, you just stroll along the north shore of the lake back to the car. Expect to be totally exhausted...yet strangely exhilarated. It will have been the Hike of a Lifetime.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This hike started at first light from the Two Medicine Lake campground area, going north around Rising Wolf Mountain. Once past the Dry Fork junction, the trail gradually opened up to panoramic viewing. After stopping at Pitamakan Pass to experience the memorable sights, it was on to the Dawson Pass Trail - heading around Mt. Morgan. The section from Mt. Morgan to Flinsch Peak required some rock scrambling, and was narrow in spots.

When at Dawson Pass on a previous hike, it was difficult to just stand in one spot with the high wind gusts - not so this time. There was plenty to see at that location. On the trail going east from Dawson Pass there can be lots of exposed tree roots, so watch your footing. No Name Lake is just off the main trail, and is good to see if you have time. The shuttle boat ride to the eastern Two Medicine Lake dock was a welcome break.

There were some wildlife sightings - bighorn sheep on the switchbacks above Oldman Lake and on the saddle north of Flinsch Peak. My TripAdvisor name was put to good use to help avoid a situation with the day’s first sighting - a grizzly bear next to the trail on the north side of Rising Wolf.

At the end of the day, I appreciated the chance to witness the wild beauty of Glacier Park’s backcountry - one more time. This hike was done in September 2017. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

Date of experience: September 2017
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