Two Medicine / Cut Bank
I have done two hikes so far in this area: the trail to the Triple Divide Mountain and the excellent Pitamakan Dawson loop.
The hike up to Triple Divide Pass has two highlights, the beautiful views of Medicine Grizzly Lake (see below) and then the fact that you will hike next to a unique peak: Triple Divide mountain.
It doesn't look like many people hike in the Cut Bank area. It looks more like a backpacker's area to me. The day I hiked it, a small coyote greeted me at the parking lot.
So, you start at a meadow with a view of the upcoming mountains and then enter a forest where you get a creek to your left. Since the area is not that well trafficked, please make lots of noise for bears, the sounds from the creek will drown out the noise your feet make.
After quite a few false turns, where you think the next corner will be the pass, you arrive to the pass.
So, Triple Divide mountain is one of three peaks on the planet that water that falls on top of it can then flow into one of three bodies of water (the other ones are in Canada and Russia). Neat, uh ?
The views of the valley below the pass are nice (cloudy when I was there) and that is a backpack route that takes you to St Mary.
Pitamakan Dawson is probably the one real loop hike in the park with almost 20 miles of distance. I wasn't happy with the pics that I took and I tend to blame the fact that I was so excited to hike it.
You see, this was a bucket list hike for me. I tried to hike it a year earlier, but that was the time I arrived to the park when the GTTSR road was closed for days due to the Reynolds fire. I actually had reservations for the Rising Sun motel, but the fire forced it to be closed and I had to scramble to find other places to stay. I remember arriving to the trailhead and seeing the sign that the trail was closed due to another fire in the area that was close to jumping a peak that protected the trail. So, I had to hike Scenic peak instead.
From Pitamakan pass to Dawson pass, you have views of a large valley to your right and constant wind, all the time. It makes the hike a lot colder than it should be, so you are on your toes and on the move constantly.
On my to do list is a hike up to the gigantic Rising Wolf mountain, which dominates the area. That will be done next time I go there.