I had always wondered what lay beyond that headwall north of the road to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. I still don't know because it's impassable from the direction we came from, but I do know now that there is a tremendous waterfall cascading over that headwall, especially in spring.
What starts out as a gentle stroll through a flower-strewn meadow (in summer, crocuses in spring), soon starts to increase in difficulty as you enter the forest. It's what you would call moderately difficult, for steepness, but it's only about 1.5km to the falls, so put your head down and take your time.
As you near the falls, the landscape begins to take on an upper alpine look, due to recent rock slides. You may be winded, but your not really that high. Near the falls, the trail branches left for a closer look at the falls, or straight ahead to, who knows where, for 1 more km, We didn't investigate that branch.
Although the falls are spectacular, the best views are reserved for the trip back, looking across the valley.
Return the way you came.
Time and distance are for return trip.
The trailhead is 3km east of the Many Glacier Hotel on the north side of the Many Glacier entrance road in Glacier National Park.
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Posted By: Trevbo
- Tue Sep 06 23:07:58 UTC 2005
CommentThe headwall is not impassable... There is in fact a fairly easy trail that goes to the right of the waterfalls to the basin above, and upwards to the ridge and mountain.