Two Medicine Pass
ElevationAscent: 2,408' 734 m
Descent: -2,992' -912 m
High: 7,679' 2,340 m
Low: 4,765' 1,452 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A strenuous yet rewarding trail, it affords some uncommon views into the southern end of the park.”— Michael Faist
Starting from the South Shore Trail of Two Medicine Lake, you'll pass several other side trails along the way (Paradise Point, Aster Park, Aster Falls) before you reach a suspension bridge. After the suspension bridge, you'll come upon the junction for Two Medicine Pass, or Twin Falls and Upper Two Medicine Lake. Take the left trail towards Two Medicine Pass, and you'll soon come upon Rockwell Falls.
Over the next two miles after Rockwell Falls, the trail really begins to climb. You'll also be passing through some great huckleberry bushes, so make some noise to let bears know you're there! Before you know it, you've reached Cobalt Lake. Most runners on this trail turn around here, but you'll push forward to reach the pass itself. It's another mile and a half of switchbacks to reach the ridge, and there the views begin to open up.
Be prepared, as this ridge is famous for being one of the windiest parts of the park. Keep any loose things tied down, and then you can enjoy the views into the Park Creek area and Mt. Saint Nicholas in the distance. From here, you can either continue down to Upper Park Creek campground, another two miles away or return to the Two Medicine Area. If you are looking to run all the way through, be sure to arrange for transportation on the other side.
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