Nice Boat Ride Concludes Fun Hike to Twin Falls, Upper Two-Med Lake
On Saturday, August 6th, Gail, Doris, Suzie, Jeanne & Randi hiked from Two Medicine Lake to Twin Falls & Upper Two Medicine Lake. It was a wonderful, gentle hike of 7 plus miles and only 200 to 300 feet of elevation. We loved it. The trail provided a nice variety of views--starting with Two Medicine Lake, some fabulous mountain peaks, such as Sinopah Mountain, which dominated the landscape,and high rocky ridges.
The shady stretches felt cool. Great patches of huckleberries and thimble berries nourished us along the way. At Twin Falls, where we stopped for lunch, we talked to a couple, who had encountered a moose on the trail from the boat dock. They showed us pictures and video; that's as close as we came to seeing any wild life except for chipmunks and a large, black insect with huge antennas that perched on Jeannie's shoulder.
About this time, a large ranger-led group joined us at the falls. We leap-frogged with them on the trail to the upper lake. Whenever they stopped to listen to the ranger, we passed them, and then they would catch up to us. The flowers were not quite as glorious as the ones on the way to Iceberg Lake the previous Saturday, but the weather was cooler and more comfortable for hiking.
At Upper Two Medicine the shore of the lake was covered with washed-up logs that provided good seats for enjoying the view of the lake and the mountains behind it. Several fishermen were also enjoying the site. We saw fish jumping, but didn't see any being caught. About this time, the weather was beginning to look rather ominous so we decided to head to the boat dock. We got there shortly before 4, when the boat came to pick up the ranger-led group. If there was room, we could ride back on the boat; however, there was only room for three more people by the time we got to the boat so we let another group of three go and we five waited for the boat to come back for us.
The boat ride back was the perfect, relaxing way to finish our hike. After returning to the car, we headed to East Glacier Lodge for an excellent dinner. Just as we arrived, the rain got serious!! But it conveniently ended just about the time we finished eating. On our way back to the car, the group that had gone to Dawson Pass arrived for dinner. They were tired, but so excited that they had accomplished another tough hike. They will definitely be ready for their hike to Sperry Chalet at the end of the month! And we are ready for Granite Park Chalet as we head there on Thursday!