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Aster Falls

Trail Features: Waterfalls Aster Falls
Trail Location: Two Medicine (South Shore Trailhead)
Roundtrip Length: 2.8 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: 320 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 229 Feet
Highest Elevation: 5320 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: 3.44 (easy)
Parking Lot Latitude 48.48381
Parking Lot Longitude -113.36954

Trail Description:

Painted Tepee PeakThe hike to Aster Falls begins from the South Shore Trailhead at Two Medicine Lake. Just going to the trailhead is a worthwhile experience. The sublime views from the eastern shore of the lake, with Sinopah Mountain, Painted Tepee Peak, Lone Walker Mountain and Flinsch Peak forming a picture perfect backdrop, is one of the most beautiful scenes in all of Glacier National Park.

At just over a quarter-of-a-mile from the trailhead you'll reach the short side trail to Paradise Point, a small beach area that offers commanding views of Two Medicine Lake and Rising Wolf Mountain. The area around the lake is also a pretty good place for spotting moose.

Aster FallsRoughly one half-mile from the trailhead hikers will arrive at the first in a series of small beaver ponds. This area, for the next quarter-mile or so, is prime habitat for moose, which are frequently seen foraging in and around the ponds, especially in the mornings and late afternoons. Throughout this area the trail travels through a montane forest of lodgepole pine and Douglass fir, with several small and large meadows interspersed along the way.

At 1.1 miles you'll cross over Aster Creek, and in a short distance will reach the Aster Park Trail, which leads to Aster Falls and Aster Park Overlook.

In less than a tenth-of-a-mile, after turning onto the Aster Park Trail, hikers will reach a short side trail that leads down to the base of Aster Falls, a 20-foot waterfall that cascades down a rock face in a succession of three drops.

If you still have the energy after viewing the falls you can continue up to Aster Park Overlook. The trail from this point, however, climbs more than 500 feet in just three-quarters of a mile, but is well worth the effort as the views of Two Medicine Lake, Flinsch Peak and Rising Wolf Mountain are quite outstanding from this vantage point.