Triple Divide Pass and Rising Wolf Mountain Loop, Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is not only a breathtaking glaciated landscape but also is a hiker’s paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails and the CDT.

Triple Divide Pass: Do not be intimidated by the name of this section in the eastern part of Glacier National Park. Although you gain an elevation of 2,380 feet this is a relatively moderate day trip with ample opportunities for wildlife viewing. The Triple Divide Pass derives its name from the hailing mountain to the west. Triple Divide Peak is a one of a kind juncture of the continent’s drainage. From its slopes, water drains to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. Contact: West Glacier National Park 406-888-7800.

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 19 miles.

Directions: From East Glacier Park, drive on Montana 49 N (not plowed in winter) about 17 miles north to the junction of Cut Bank Road. Turn west and drive 4 miles on a dirt road to the cut Bank Campground. The trail to access the CDT starts on the right before entering the campground.

Rising Wolf Mountain Loop: This 19-mile up and down strenuous round-trip hike traverses Rising Wolf Mountain, the area’s major  mountain summit in Glacier National Park that climbs to 9,513 feet. This loop starts at the Two Medicine Campground trailhead along the shore of Two Medicine Lake. The trail offers splendid panoramas of the park’s interior and of many alpine lakes. Before another road opened in Glacier, this was once a very popular area of the Park. Now a serene and quiet, this beautiful area invites those seeking solitude of the Divide in Glacier. Contact: CDTA toll-free at 1-888-909-CDTA or Two Medicine Ranger District 406-466-5341.

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 19 miles round trip.

Directions: From East Glacier Park, take Montana 49 N In 4 mi., turn L onto Two Medicine Rd. Drive 8 mi., then turn R and park @ Two Medicine Campground.

Maps: USGS 7.5 Quadrangles: Squaw Mountain, Kiowa, Cut Bank Pass, Trails Illustrated #215

Other Information: Glacier National Park – http://www.nps.gov/glac/