Bruce Wauer, Whitefish Real Estate, Northwest Montana Bruce Wauer Whitefish Real Estate, Northwest Montana

Two Medicine Photo Gallery, August 2005

These photos were taken on August 19-20, 2005 in the Two Medicine area of Glacier Park. To see a trail map of the area, click here.

On the first day we hiked the Cobalt Lake trail, and on the  second day we did the Upper Two Medicine Lake hike.


You can click on any of the images to display a larger-sized image.


Two Medicine Lake

Just before the trailhead to Cobalt Lake.


General Store

You can get everything from postcards to batteries to a cold bottle of beer - and we needed the beer by the end of the day!


On the Cobalt Lake Trail


Rockwell Falls

Hard to photograph because of the shadows, but I had to take a picture of this!


On the Cobalt Lake Trail


On the Cobalt Lake Trail


On the Cobalt Lake Trail


Cobalt Lake

They have primitve campsites up here, what a great place to spend the night.


Upper Two Medicine Trail

On the trail to Upper Two Medicine Lake.


Upper Two Medicine Trail


Upper Two Medicine Trail


Upper Two Medicine Lake

It was cool and breezy, but still a great spot for a lunch break. I wouldn't want to be up here in January!


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Around the turn of the century, people started to look at the land differently. Rather than just seeing the minerals they could mine or land to settle on, they started to recognize the value of its spectacular scenic beauty. Facilities for tourists started to spring up. In the late 1890's, visitors arriving at Belton (now called West Glacier) could get off the train, take a stagecoach ride a few miles to Lake McDonald, and then board a boat for an eight mile trip to the Snyder Hotel. No roads existed in the mountains, but the lakes allowed boat travel into the wilderness.

Soon people, like George Bird Grinnell, pushed for the creation of a national park. Grinnell was an early explorer to this part of Montana and spent many years working to get the park established. The area was made a Forest Preserve in 1900, but was open to mining and homesteading. Grinnell and others sought the added protection a national park would provide. Grinnell saw his efforts rewarded in 1910 when President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country's 10th national park.





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