Start: 9:00 am
End: 1:15 pm
Camp: Two Medicine Lake
Others here: none
Distance: 12 mi
Elevation: 5,155 ft
Well there has been a change. There is a site (fifty mountain) half way between Many Glacier and Waterton, and it was full the night I needed. I will have to stay an extra night at Many Glacier to wait for an opening, so now I won’t get to Waterton until the 13th. I may take that extra day to do a day hike to iceberg lake.
It rained all night last night and I was happy to be in the hostel. It sounded like a heavy rain. As I was in no hurry, I had breakfast at the grill and then headed out under heavy overcast skies. There was no rain, but my bottom half was soon soaked from the wet trail side foliage. It was an easy and mostly enjoyable hike to two medicine once I reached the park boundary.
I climbed to around 7000 ft where I was in the clouds the rest of the way and was reminded of my last 20 days in Washington on the PCT. Hoping to myself that I don’t repeat that experience here in Glacier.
Down at the lake the skies were more clear where the lake, surrounding mountains, and clouds were beautiful beyond my ability to describe. At one point one of the peaks was shrouded in clouds as in the folds of a pure white garment …. and I had left my camera back at the tent.
I met two very nice couples at the campground. Dick and Peggy (actually I met them on the trail down from scenic point), and Sam and Rhonda. I enjoyed very much sitting in the camp store, eating hot dogs, and talking with Dick and Peggy. They had ice cream and even bought me one before leaving. Walking back to my tent from the store, I ran into Sam & Rhonda again. They invited me to go with them (in their car) to East Glacier for dinner. I never cease to be amazed by the kindness of folks met along the way. This is one of the things that makes the journey so rewarding.
Sam, Peggy, and I went back to the Mexican restaurant that I had been to the previous two nights and it was just as good if not better. They insisted on paying.
On the way back, we stopped by Running Eagle (or Trick Falls). The falls actually come out a hole in the cliff face, and during high water times they also come over the edge. Imagine my surprise when Dick and Peggy drove up. We all walked to the falls together, where my new friends were able to meet each other. To top it off, Bob, another gentleman I met earlier, walked up the trail as we were walking out.
I’ll tell you, I’ve had many “best days on trail”, and this is one of them. It is not the free food, but the wonderful people I have met. I really had a nice time with both couples. The sort of experience where you feel like these are friends of more than just a couple hours, but someone you have known much longer.