The hike to Paradise Point on Two Medicine Lake is a short, family-friendly hike to a viewpoint with amazing views of the jagged peaks of Glacier National Park. Located on the east side of Glacier National Park, Two Medicine Lake was very near where I would be running the Glacier Half Marathon, and on the day before the race, my friend Jason and I hit this and a few other short hikes just to keep the legs loose.
At the trailhead, we saw a sign warning us of bear activity in the area. We had bear spray, but stuck fairly close together (as recommended when hiking in Glacier National Park).
It’s an easy trail to follow. Bear right at the fork (towards the lake) and soon you reach Paradise Point. There’s no camping, and there’s not even room for a lot of people, but the short peninsula does provide great views in all directions.
Wildflowers lined the trail, especially Bear Grass – a Seussian bloom that’s a common sight in Glacier National Park. The scientific name is Xerophyllum tenax, and it’s in the corn lily family. Why is it called bear grass? Maybe it provides a nice hiding place for bears? If you know the origin, let me know in the comments.
On our way back, we actually spotted said bear, digging for grubs. The adolescent black bear was about 20 yards off the trail and didn’t pay any attention to us. Sadly, he didn’t even stop foraging to pose nicely.
Paradise Point Trail Map
Paradise Point Trail Tips & Resources
- Be bear aware and safe. Carry bear spray, travel in a group, and do not approach bears on the trail.
- Always follow the seven core Leave No Trace principles.
- Check the official Glacier National Park website for latest bulletins and conditions.
- GPS user? Download our GPX file for this hike.
Glacier National Park Weather Forecast
- 4:09 PM MDT on March 25, 2019
- 8:00 PM MDT on March 27, 2019
Tuesday 03/26 0%
Windy, partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Wednesday 03/27 40%
Mostly cloudy skies with afternoon snow showers. High 37F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
Thursday 03/28 60%
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 33F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Friday 03/29 20%
Mostly cloudy skies. High 39F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Originally hiked on 6/23/17 with Jason Fitzpatrick.