ElevationAscent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -365' -111 m
High: 5,238' 1,596 m
Low: 4,944' 1,507 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A moderate day-run to Bullhead Lake along Swiftcurrent Creek, past the beautiful Redrock Falls.”— Jake Bramante
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Always bring a warm hat and gloves as well as a rain jacket as travel through this area, even on a hot summer day, can change quickly. Make sure that you either purchase or rent bear spray. It can be rented in Apgar Village.
The run up the Swiftcurrent Creek drainage to Bullhead Lake is the ideal trail if you want to take a longer run that is fairly flat, visits a few lakes, a waterfall, has picturesque vistas, and provides many great opportunities to see moose and other wildlife.
About a quarter of a mile in, the trail passes by Fishercap Lake. A poorly signed spur trail heads down to the shore of the lake. Make sure you swing down there and look for waterfowl and moose. Continue on to Redrock Lake with great vistas and a brief glimpse of Redrock Falls. The trail wraps around the lake to the cascading falls, and then heads on to Bullhead Lake, where the trail trades trees for open meadows and views at the head of the drainage.
At around the 3.5-mile marker, you'll come to a lovely viewpoint that overlooks the largest body of Bullhead Lake up toward Mt Grinnell. This is a great spot to have a snack or lunch break before heading back on the same route to your vehicle.
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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