• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Running, Kayaking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
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Family Friendly
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Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
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Wildflowers
Wildlife

One of Glacier NPs original visitor areas, Two Medicine Lake offers incredible photography, camping, boating, and hiking in a lesser traveled area of the park.

Two Medicine Lake sits in the southeastern part of Glacier NP away from the more popular Going-to-the-Sun Road. The 2-mile long lake has a 100 site campground that serves visitors on a first-come-first-serve basis; the campground opens mid-April and closes in November. From the main parking area, 12 different hikes can be accessed as well as a ramp for launching watercraft. (http://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/upload/Day-Hike-Guide-2016.pdf)

The tall peaks to the west of the lake make Two Medicine an incredible spot for sunrise photography and the shore offers numerous options for foreground elements. The lake and surrounding areas are frequented by wildlife, including grizzly bears, so travel in groups, make noise, and carry bear spray.

Looking for a longer day hike or overnight? Check out Hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake.

Get information for pets in the park here.

Pack List

  • Camera + Lens + Tripod
  • Batteries & Memory Card
  • Bear Spray
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking or Running Shoes
  • Tent
  • Sleep Bag & Pad
  • Food & Water
  • Stove & Cookware
  • Kayak or Canoe
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I had a blast exploring Two Medicine Lake. It was pretty windy when I went, but the sunrise was amazing there. I'd definitely recommend adding this to your list of places to go when you come.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Two Medicine captures the true beauty of GNP. Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road while you're there.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a great park of Glacier! Views, hikes, and dramatic weather rolling across the lake - an amazing spot!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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