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From journal Alpine America: Glacier National Park
February 22, 2004
We wanted to see the Two Medicine area in Glacier, but on most days, the smoke from the wildfires was so bad we couldn’t stand to drive through it. However, with time running out, we decided that we had to go for it. . . so we made the trek from St. Mary’s to East Glacier.
Running Eagle Falls is about 1.5-2 miles past the park entrance. The parking lot is quite large and there are restrooms available as well as a few picnic tables.
Running Eagle Falls trail is a very easy, short stroll, which is now wheel chair accessible. There are two entrances to the trail, one in the middle and one that ran alongside the creek bed. We chose to walk alongside the creek bed, which was almost totally dry. The vegetation was dry and brown and we could only imagine how fast the area would burn should the wildfires reach this area.
As we strolled along the path, we were engulfed by total silence. I quickly walked under the huge tree that was growing across the path. . . with my luck, it would choose to fall at this moment!! Soon we were in a wide-open area with gravel and larger rocks. We crossed the wooden footbridge and continued on up the path for a closer look at the waterfall. We could hear the sound of the water and soon the massive dark brown rock cliff side surrounded with evergreen trees on the opposite side could be seen.
At the time of our visit, (early September 2003) water was only flowing from the bottom opening in the cave. In the early spring/summer, water from the spring snowmelt flows over the top sill as well as from the bottom cave opening. Because of this double waterfall, Running Eagle Falls is also known as "Trick Falls".
A rough and uneven path allows you to climb over the huge boulders and get even closer to the base of the falls.
Under normal circumstances, Rising Wolf Mountain and Spot Mountain are visible from this short nature trail. On our visit, due to the smoke, we could only see a faint shadow of the mountains in the distance.
This easy, short nature trail provides a view of an awesome waterfall with little more than walking involved. Definitely try to schedule it into your activities while in Glacier National Park.
From journal Glacier On Fire
August 1, 2003
The walk begins in a woodland with underbrush. Soon you reach a barren area with rocks, gravel, and downed trees. This is the flood plain of the Dry Fork of the creek. The falls can be seen from this area.
Continue across a footbridge over the creek to an overlook below the falls. In June, water was flowing from the top of the cliff and also from an opening below. Some of the water drops into a cave, forming this second lower waterfall. The old name for this falls was "Trick Falls."
A rough path continues up through the rocks at the edge of the pool below the falls. You can nearly reach the base of the falls if you clamber through huge boulders.
Return the way you came. As you recross the bridge, you will notice small trails leading down the creek. We walked down the creek a ways and found another little trail which brought us back to the parking lot.
This double waterfall is a unique sight -- worth a side trip to the Two Medicine Area.
From journal Hiking for Ordinary Folks in Glacier National Park
August 8, 2002
From journal Majestic Degrees of Altitude