This past weekend I did the biggest hike I’ve done so far. A whopping 16 miles round trip. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never been the biggest hiker, but checking a hike this big off my list has definitely given me the bug.
The hike to Cobalt Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of little streams, tons of beautiful Alpine wildflowers, and even Rockwell Falls a mere 2.2 miles in. We made pretty great time to Cobalt Lake, and although there’s a bit of a climb, it’s definitely doable.
Initially, we had only planned on hiking to the lake, located in the Two Medicine area of Glacier Park. But by the time we got to the lake, and it was still only noon, and after a quick (and absolutely freezing dip), and some lunch, we decided to see how far up the pass we could make it.
I’m not going to lie, those were the slowest and longest 2.2 miles up I’ve ever done in my life. But once you got to the ridge, the views were absolutely spectacular. The trail gets pretty hairy in the last half a mile or so, and when I say hairy, I mean it. There were moments I was literally lifting myself up onto rocks to get through the trail which pretty much dropped off the side of the mountain on one side. We were hiking on shale a big portion of the way, and when storm clouds rolled in, it definitely left us a bit scared.
But hey, I hiked my first pass! This was a definite check off the bucket list, and has made me want to do something crazy….hike a 10,000 foot mountain. I know, I know, that might be childs play for some people, but I definitely have a new goal.
Two Medicine Pass is definitely not for beginners. The elevation picks up quickly, and the weather can turn fast, so I would recommend it for avid hikers only.
DISTANCE: Cobalt Lake/Two Medicine Pass: 5.7/2.2 : 7.9 miles one way
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,300ft
DON’T FORGET: Sunscreen if it’s sunny, lots of water, and poles! I’ve been given a hard time when I carry poles, but on a trail like this, believe me, they came in handy, I definitely fell more than once.
WORDS OF ADVICE: Bring rain gear! Up on a high ridge the weather can turn quickly, and you definitely don’t want to be out there if the weather turns