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Rockwell Falls

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Join us as we explore the unique natural wonders of the Two Medicine Valley. Sinopah Mountain, meaning “kit fox” in Blackfeet, looms above the South Shore trailhead of Two Medicine Lake, a sedimentary monument of awe. With this peak and others watching over, hikers amble through a montane forest of Lodgepole Pine and Douglas Fir, checker boarded with meadows, beaver ponds, marshy wetlands, and creek crossings. Staying dry requires the traverse of multiple suspension bridges, rickety old things that employ all four limbs and some wishful thinking (last piece added for “suspense”)! Hikers are rewarded with Rockwell Falls, a cascade of white water capellini, terraced in red argillite clay.

Meeting Place: Outside of The Glacier Institute Field Camp Library/Office

Meeting Time: 7:45am *we will confirm this time with you leading up to your tour

Anticipated return time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm *depending on pace of group

Recommended booking dates: Mid-July through September!

Physical Requirements: Moderate 

Distance (roundtrip): 7 miles / Total elevation gain: 375 feet

          *This is your hike! If you wish to do just a portion of the trail we are happy to accommodate that

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, snacks, and at least one liter of water. Please bring a pack to carry your lunch as we will be having lunch out on the trail.

Equipment: Bring rain gear, warm jacket, gloves, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. It can be cold, so plan on having lots of layers of warm clothes to add and shed as necessary. Please keep in mind that snow can linger at higher elevations in Glacier National Park well into the summer months. Binoculars are useful, but optional.

Transportation during course: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute vehicle.

Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather. Please check the weather forecast in advance and refer to the gear list for proper attire.

Tentative Itinerary:

*Please note that times are approximate!

7:45am: Meet outside of The Glacier Institute Field Camp Library/Office.

7:45am- 8:00am: After we make our introductions, we will have an overview of the day’s itinerary followed by a brief training in bear safety procedures, Leave No Trace Ethics, and trail etiquette.

8:00am-9:15am: Drive along highway 2 heading east towards East Glacier. Along the way, we will stop at Marias Pass to view the Lewis Overthrust, a geologic spectacle that scientists from around the world travel to see. We will continue through East Glacier towards Two Medicine.

9:15am - 12:00pm: After reaching Two Medicine, we will set off on the trail towards Rockwell Falls. Along the way, we will keep an eye out for beaver, moose, bears and other exciting wildlife that frequent this area. We will discuss and compare what these animals are doing to survive and thrive in this environment.

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Once we reach our destination, we will pause for a leisurely lunch at the foot of the waterfall. Over lunch we will discuss the unique geologic history of the rocks that have been carved by the powerful force of water.

12:30pm - 2:30pm: On the return to the foot of the lake we will discuss the cultural significance of the Two Medicine Valley to the Blackfeet, while keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. We will also discuss some of the place names that go along with this region of the park.

2:30pm - 3:45pm: Return to Glacier Institute Field Camp

3:45pm - 4:00pm: Arrival back at Field Camp. Wrap-up, Q&A, course evaluation forms