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Glacier National Park: Pitamakan Pass to Dawson Pass

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Distance: 17.6 miles


Hike over three mountain passes into glacier-carved basins with crystalline lakes and bird's-eye views on this 17.6-mile loop. Don't forget your camera.
  • Oldman Lake
  • View from Pitamakan Pass
  • Flinsch Peak
  • View from Dawson Pass

Before the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened in the '30s, Two Medicine was one of the park's most crowded areas. Explore this beautiful and now-peaceful area on a 17.6-mile loop that visits sparkling lakes and makes a timberline traverse of the Continental Divide. Begin at the Two Medicine Campground trailhead along the shore of Two Medicine Lake, which sits beneath Rising Wolf Mountain.

After a level stretch, the trail starts climbing at the head of the lake, passing No Name Lake on its way to Dawson Pass on the Divide. The hike along this spine yields stunning vistas. Duck through Pitamakan Pass (meeting up with the CDT) and descend to Oldman Lake, where you can camp and fish for cutthroat. A gentle stroll down the Dry Fork Valley leads back to the trailhead. Get the required permit at Two Medicine Ranger Station.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.

MORE PARK INFO: Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/.

-Text provided by Erik Molvar, author of Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (FalconGuide).

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

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