Sunday Hikes: ¬†Apikuni Falls Trail in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is chock full of epic long hikes including some of my favorites like the Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass trails.  However sometimes you need a good quick hike when your time is limited.  Apikuni Falls fits the description of a hike with a notable view and enough ascent to work up a sweat without taking up half of all your day.

On my recent trip we had hiked all day the day before and wanted to get a hot breakfast and a quick hike in before heading back into Canada.  We chose to eat at Nell’s at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier area.  Great omelets and huge pancakes, I recommend Nell’s.  On the road out of this area, Route 3, is the Apikuni Falls trailhead on the left.   

The trail follows alongside a ravine perpendicular to the road towards Apikuni Mountain.   It is a steady ascent with huckleberry bushes throughout so we kept an eye out for bears.   After one mile and 640 feet of elevation change we arrived at a cozy area at the base of the falls.  Josh brewed coffee and we enjoyed the company of another couple of hikers who came and departed while we were there.

Since we hiked in late August the waterfall wasn’t as impressive as it would have been in early summer.  We didn’t see any bighorn sheep but I heard that they are seen in this area sometimes.

The return hike is all downhill so you arrive back at the trailhead very quickly.  As you descend you can enjoy the views that were behind you on the ascent.  

If you are looking for a quick 2 mile round trip hike with great views in Glacier National Park then this hike really fits the bill.  rk