ElevationAscent: 3,209' 978 m
Descent: -746' -227 m
High: 8,016' 2,443 m
Low: 5,180' 1,579 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“An incredible route from the shores of beautiful lakes to a goat traverse among the mountains.”— Jake Bramante
The trail along the shore of Two Medicine Lake is a wonderful, level affair, bouncing between forest and avalanche chute giving you a nice balance of views and shade.
Near the head of the lake, the trail breaks off, works its way through a large avalanche chute, then enters the forest and begins to climb. The climb is gradual at first, then it passes the Dawson Cutoff that heads to the boat dock and Upper Two Medicine Lake. Past the split, the trail spends more time in the open, but also climbs very steeply. Pumpelly Pillar Spire dominates the landscape which you frequently stop to enjoy as you catch your breath. You'll enter into more trees, and the trail levels off as you near the spur trail to No Name Lake and its campground.
The trail continues on into Bighorn Basin, so named for the sheep which are common in the area, so keep your eyes peeled as you climb. The trail transitions from trees and beargrass to predominately open meadows to rock. This transition comes quickly as you rapidly gain elevation. A look back down gives you a bird's eye view of Two Medicine Lake. After some switchbacks and elevation, the trail turns and makes its way towards Dawson Pass.
The reveal of the next drainage which is the headwaters of Nyack Creek, explodes into view at the pass. Both sides of the pass feature views which are an inspired delight to the eyes. Looking west, Mt. Phillips dominates the view with Mt. Stimson standing tall behind it to the north.
From here, the trail works its way up a ridgeline off Flinsch Peak before turning back towards the west and wrapping around north towards Pitamakan Pass. This next section may have too much exposure for some, but this top of the world traverse can only be experienced.
As you reach the saddle between Flinsch Peak and Mt. Morgan, an overlook of Oldman Lake and the Dry Fork drainage is fantastic. Keep an eye out for mountain goats below you along the cliffs.
The trail wraps around a couple of ridges of Mt. Morgan providing ample viewpoints and photos before dropping down to the Cutbank Pass trail and down to Pitamakan Pass.
This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to run.
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