Running Eagle Falls is a very short out and back hike in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. It is a must-do hike if you find yourself in this area of the Glacier.
- Rating: Easy
- Distance: 0.6 mile RT
- Elevation Gain: no noticeable elevation gain
- Fees: Glacier National Park Fee
- Tips: This is a great hike for anyone. Although the trail is not paved, you could easily push a stroller or wheelchair here because it is so flat.
The hike runs less than a half mile roundtrip, and the waterfall is really impressive. There is no change in elevation either. In fact, this stop is more akin to an overlook than a hike. Get out of the car, walk a hundred meters, cross a bridge, walk another hundred meters, look at a waterfall—that’s the entire hike.
The trail walks along the river for most of the hike, and there are lots of shallow areas. It would be a great place to cool off your feet on a hot summer day. We stopped to skip a few rocks, but didn’t wade into the water.
The waterfall is sometimes called Trick Falls. This is because it plays a special trick during the summer, which makes it look like a double waterfall. There is a crevice in the rock. Water falls through this crevice, so the waterfall is actually dropping through a hole in the rock. But when the runoff is high, the water cascades over the layer of rock. It is a really cool look, which you can see in the pictures. To see what the waterfall looks like without the spring runoff, visit Hiking Glacier. (We visited in July, which has “Spring” runoff!)
This waterfall alone is worth the trip to the Two Medicine area. But if you visit Two Medicine, you can also hike Aster Falls which is a little longer, but a great hike. Or check out our other Family Friendly Hikes in Glacier.
The Running Eagle Falls trailhead is found 1.1 miles from the fee station. There are signs that mark the parking area, and there are pit toilets at the beginning of the trail.