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Running Eagles Falls is one of the most interesting waterfalls in the park. The falls are also known as "Trick Falls," due to the unique geology of the falls. The falls seen in the spring will look much different than the same falls visited at the end of the summer. When spring run-off is flowing, the falls appear at as a single 40 ft cascade. However, when the water levels recede, the upper falls dry, a smaller 20 ft fall can be seen flowing out of the cliff face. This phenomenon is caused by a sinkhole that opens in the Two Medicine Creek side of the rock, allowing water to flow through the cliff face.

The approach to the falls is simple and well maintained, making the journey to the falls easy for everyone. The path is also one of two handicap accessible trails in the park, and provides many great opportunities to observe the falls. There is one main viewing platform, but feel free to explore the full extent of the trail, as there are many overlooks that provide a new perspective on these scenic falls.

In addition to the falls themselves, the surrounding scenery is yet another reason to get out of the car to experience this area. Rising Wolf Mountain can be seen just behind the falls, and the surrounding forest is beautiful and pristine. When starting out, be sure to stop at the interpretive sign at the beginning of the trail to learn a bit about Running Eagle and Rising Wolf, two historic Blackfeet for whom the features are named.

All in all, this is an excellent stop for the whole family, and you may even see a moose while you're here!

Short Walk: A paved, wheelchair-accessible trail leads visitors from a small parking area to the falls.

Gem Type: Waterfall

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