Glacier National Park - Aster Falls, Aster Park Viewpoint and Rockwell Falls
By MikeHikes on 9/7/2017
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: N/A
The trail is described in detail in various books and websites related to Glacier National Park; this report deals with my impression of the trail.
I'm including this hike under the "Cobalt Lake" group because if you hike Two Medicine Trail, you will pass both falls and a scenic overlook on your way to Cobalt Lake - stops at all three locations are well worth it!
The hike starts at the Two Medicine boat dock and is well marked. At approximately 1.5 miles, there is a metal sign for the trail to Aster Falls and Aster Park Viewpoint. Aster Falls is seen first and was crowded with people, the trail continues uphill for the Viewpoint and the climb is well worth the view! We spent some time at the viewpoint talking to other hikers before retracing our route back to Two Medicine Trail. Once you get to the junction, you'll turn left and continue - Rockwell Falls is approximately 1.5 miles away.
There is a swinging bridge just before Rockwell Falls you have to cross. This bridge has a sign that states only one person at a time can be on the bridge. Take your time crossing and have your hands free to hold the cables! After crossing, you have a short distance to go before coming to Rockwell Falls. The Falls are very nice and very popular! We spent time looking around, listening to the falling water and enjoying the cool air. We saw other hikers going further up the Falls but we didn't follow. We made the Falls our turn around point and returned along Two Medicine Trail back to the parking area at the Two Medicine dock area.
There is a lodge/store at the dock area BUT it was closed when we arrived (due to fires). There are toilets available in a separate building.
BRING YOUR OWN WATER AS THERE IS NONE AVAILABLE ON THE TRAILS unless you bring your own filtration system.