Funding the Falls

One of the most popular draws for visitors to Glacier National Park is the accessibility of waterfalls. Visitors of the park consider these features the highlight of their visit. Currently four popular waterfall sites are in urgent need of repair.

Appistoki Falls: Not far from the Scenic Point trailhead in Two Medicine Valley, Appistoki Falls could potentially provide hikers of all ages and abilities access to scenic views. The lack of an established trail and a suitable viewpoint has caused numerous social trails and damage to the surrounding vegetation. Formalizing the existing social trail and constructing a viewing platform will improve visitor safety and overall experience.

Aster Falls: Another popular site in the Two Medicine Valley, Aster Falls is in need of a simple natural log viewing platform, overall site improvements, and social trail rehabilitation. 

The Aster Falls improvements have been fully funded by Mark and Mary Ann Miller in memory of Papa John Rathmell.

Hidden Falls: A hidden gem along the extremely popular Grinnell Lake hike in Many Glacier Valley, the existing overlook is in need of replacement. In addition, the spur trail leading to it requires a significant upgrade.

Running Eagle Falls: Located in the Two Medicine area, it’s one of the most culturally significant sites to the Blackfeet Tribe in Glacier Park. It has easy access from the parking lot, and it’s amazing “trick” make this an extremely popular site among park visitors. This portion of the project would involve the Blackfeet Academy (a Blackfeet youth program) working alongside Glacier’s professional trail crew to replace the existing viewing platform, and to improve the existing trail to meet higher standards.

Funding will allow updates on aging structures, improve trail approaches, and would have a meaningful impact toward visitor safety and enjoyment.

Funding Needed: $32,650


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July 18, 2016