As soon as Deas and I pulled into the Two Medicine campground, we knew we were in a special place. It’s simply the most beautiful campground we’ve ever been in. The campground is right on the lake with towering mountains beyond. Just down from the campground, a short walk or bike ride away, is a boat launch that takes you to the other side of the lake, and there are several great hikes right in the area. When we were researching campgrounds, we never even considered this one because I hadn’t heard much about it, but we quickly decided to extend our stay from 2 nights to a week. There are probably only about 10-15 sites that will accommodate larger RVs here, but the turn over was pretty high so if you arrive early in the day, it should be pretty easy to get a spot. Also, Glacier provides some really useful information on their campgrounds – every day on their website they post what time the campgrounds fill, and you can also see the historical times that each campground filled on a daily basis going back a year. It’s very helpful for deciding what day of the week and/or time to arrive. After our initial two days, we noticed that one of the prime waterfront sites was opening up, so we made the easy decision to switch sites for the remainder of our stay. How we could we resist this view?
I don’t generally write too much about our campsites, but I really can’t stop gushing about this one. We could walk right out to the lake, we saw a family of beavers swimming in the creek right behind us every night, and even saw a couple bears on this hillside behind us. If you don’t mind dry camping, this spot is perfection.
But enough about the campsite! We also did some pretty great hiking while we were there. We took the south shore trail to Rockwell Falls, which is about 5 miles round trip. The trails starts off going through some wide open meadows with wildflowers, and then goes in the forest. At some points the foliage is so thick you can hardly even see the trail right in front of you.
There were a couple of creek crossings with nice sturdy bridges, and one with a suspension bridge that swayed like crazy when you walked over it. Deas managed to wrestle the camera out of my hands for a few minutes and got a few shots of me.
At the end of the hike, Rockwell Falls offered a lovely cool spot for us to stop and have lunch.
On the return trip we saw a moose off in the distance eating out of a lake, but she was too far away to get a good picture. Near the end of the trail, we took a small side trail to see Aster Falls as well.
A couple of days later we decided to do a hike on the other side of the lake, and took the 15 minute boat ride over to the other side.
The destination for our hike was Upper Two Medicine Lake, and near the start of the trail is a short spur over to Twin Falls.
This trail was also about 5 miles, and had some beautiful meadow and mountain views and ended at the lake.
My only complaint about this hike is that the bugs were absolutely terrible. I could hardly stay still long enough to take that picture without them swarming all over me. I’m one of those unlucky people who attracts a million bugs, even if covered in bug spray. They were swarming about my face and head so much I couldn’t stand it – I was swinging my arms around like crazy, and I jerked my neck around so much I actually had a sore neck the next day! By the end of the hike I was running and flailing around like a mad woman. I’m pretty sure I looked something like this:
Our last few days at the campground we made some more new friends – Kelly and Laura and their two dogs moved into the spot right behind us. We hit it off with them right away and during happy hour our first night together, Deas and Kelly made plans to do a long hike the next day. I had hit my bug threshold, and Laura had a hurt ankle, so we spent the day at the campground while the boys did a 16 mile hike. Laura and I considered maybe renting some kayaks, but the lure of a nice quiet RV all to myself was too much to resist. When you spend all day, every day with your spouse, it’s nice to have a day to yourself every now and then. So I had restful day of cleaning, getting some long-put-off chores done, and enjoying a great book. Deas and Kelly had a great hike and had a close encounter with some mountain goats, who passed right by them on the trail.
At the end of the week, Deas and I considered trying to get into the Many Glacier campground about 90 minutes north of Two Medicine, but the night before had a change of plans. It seems like we’re doing that a lot lately! At this point we’d been in Glacier for 3 weeks, and we were getting the itch to move on. Many Glacier is beautiful and has some amazing hikes, but it’s so popular it fills up very early every day. So rather than risk not getting a site, we decided to save Many Glacier for our next Glacier visit (because we know we’ll be back), and we headed south instead.