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The Best of Glacier National Park is a detailed guide to the best of all that Glacier has to offer.

Running Eagle Falls

Trail Features: Waterfalls Running Eagle Falls
Trail Location: Two Medicine (Running Eagle Falls TH)
Roundtrip Length: 0.6 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: 15 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 50 Feet
Highest Elevation: 4952 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: 0.63 (easy)
Parking Lot Latitude 48.49601
Parking Lot Longitude -113.34823

Trail Description:

The trailhead for Running Eagle Falls is located 1.1 miles west of the Two Medicine entrance station.

Running Eagle Falls, also known as "Trick Falls", flows off the outlet stream between Two Medicine Lake and Lower Two Medicine Lake.

The trail to the falls is a wide, well maintained path suitable for everyone in the family. It’s also one of two trails in the park that's handicap accessible. The Trail of the Cedars on the west side of Glacier National Park is the other.

Just prior to arriving at the falls you'll cross a footbridge. The platform overlooking the falls is roughly three-tenths of a mile away from this point. There are, however, several places in this vicinity that offer alternative vantage points for viewing these very impressive falls.

Running Eagle FallsTrick Falls

The waterfall receives its nickname, "Trick Falls", because there are actually two separate waterfalls in the same location. During the spring run-off water rushes over the top ledge for a 40-foot drop, while obscuring the lower falls. However, as the volume of water decreases by late summer, and the upper falls "dries up", water continues to rush through a sink hole at the top of the cliff before flowing out of an opening in the cliff face, thus creating the lower 20-foot falls.

Towering prominently above the falls is 9513-foot Rising Wolf Mountain, which is named after the first white man to live with the Blackfeet Indians. Hugh Monroe, who was married to Sinopah, received his Indian name as a result of his habit of getting out of bed in the morning on his hands and knees, thus resembling a wolf.

The waterfall is named for Pitamakan, or Running Eagle, a female warrior leader of the Blackfeet Nation in the early 1700s, who experienced a four-day vision quest in the mountains high above the falls. Running Eagle led war parties on many highly successful raids, and was the only woman in the Blackfeet tribe ever to do so, or to be given a man's name.