Glacier National Park ~ Running Eagle Falls and Glacier Park Lodge

July 20th ~ Glacier National Park

Entry on the East side of the park

Glacier NP is often called the Crown of the Continent, and with good reason. It is enormous, diverse, sits on our northern US/Canada border, and provides magnificent scenery. 

“The park encompasses over 1 million acres (4,000 km2) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem”, a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles (41,000 km2).” ~ Wikipedia

Map of Glacier courtesy NPS

After spending several days exploring the western corner and mid section of the park, we decided to take a drive around the southern loop and enter through the eastern edge.

To orient yourself, we have been camped in Apgar, which is at the bottom edge of the bump on the west side, at the base of Lake McDonald. We exited the park, and took Highway 2 which followed along the border, heading southeast, then northeast, and finally northwest making a big “U” shape to then reenter the park near Two Medicine.

The hike we had chosen today was to Running Eagle Falls ~ .03 miles (one way) and handicap accessible. It is also called Trick Falls in some publications.

It was mid afternoon by the time we arrived and our lighting was not ideal to put it mildly, but the falls were very interesting. I have never seen falls that come right out of the middle of a rock wall.

We saw posted pictures that showed that at certain times of the year that the water also flows over the top of the cliff, but then it might cover the part that was so fascinating for us.

Running Eagle Falls – water flowing out of the side of the cliff

Children walking through the creek bed

The rocks were a wonderful assortment of colors

Brilliant red berries

The old original lodges of our National Parks are each unique and magnificent. Many of them were built by the railroads. We decided to stop by and check out Glacier Park Lodge with its huge log beams.

Interior of Glacier Park Lodge

Touring car and totem pole

We have combined and shared our evening meals which have included roasting brats over a campfire, steaks and hamburgers grilled to perfection, fruit salad, tossed green salad, chips with homemade hummus and of course plenty of watermelon.

We are certainly living the good life!

Sunset on Lake McDonald

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that some of the hikes are made accessible for the handicapped. Everyone should have the opportunity to see and enjoy our National Parks. I hope that more sites will become available in the future.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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8 Responses to Glacier National Park ~ Running Eagle Falls and Glacier Park Lodge

  1. Terry says:

    WOnderful, those older lodges were and still are great architecture. Interesting falls, it goes on my list for next year. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. joylennick says:

    Having lived in Canada for a short while years ago, we recall the huge outdoor spaces, which seem and are…so much larger than the imagination can cope with! What natural treasures are the waterfalls and scenery everywhere. And the old lodges look fascinating. Quality of photographs still spot on! Continue to enjoy you lucky people.

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    • Thank you Joy. We try to step inside the major lodges at each of the National Parks. They are pretty impressive, and each one has it’s own flair. My two favorites are Yellowstone Lodge and the one at Yosemite.

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  3. tippysmom2 says:

    That is an interesting waterfall, coming right out of the middle of the rocks. Is there a cave system there that is accessible? All of you photos are amazing. The old lodges have a lot more character than the modern ones, don’t they? Another wonderful day! (In case you haven’t notice, which you probably haven’t, I am way behind on keeping up with reading and commenting on the blogs I follow. I’m working on it though. Hope to get to the ones I have missed of yours soon.)

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    • That type of waterfall was a first for us as well. I don’t think there is a cave there, but I’m not positive. And yes, we think the old lodges are pretty special as well. We are so honored that you are taking the time to read our blogs and really appreciate your continuing to follow along. Thank you!

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  4. LTodd says:

    Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park is also accessible. A loop trail mostly on a boardwalk about 4 miles north of Lake McDonald. Undergrowth of ferns, moss covered granite cliffs, and shady trees make this one of the prettiest short hikes.

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