Cobalt Lake Trail in Glacier National Park


An unforgettable hike through an area of beaver ponds, forests of wildflowers, mystical waterfalls and even a jaunt over a suspension bridge all leading to a stunning lake in the midst of shedding the last remnants of winter.


Day 20 Cobalt Lake Trail

Cobalt Lake Trail

We got off the beaten path today and hiked a less popular trail at the Two Medicine area on the southeast side of Glacier National Park. Cobalt Lake Trail is 11.4 miles roundtrip, 1,450 feet elevation gain and is considered moderately strenuous.


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After the hike, we took the southern outer road outside of the park back to the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and drove through again. We saw that the Red Tour buses went this route so we wanted to check it out as well. It is nothing compared to the main road so skip it if you come visit, it’s not worth your time. 

Next Stop: Waterfall Hike and A Celebrity Sighting

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 13 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces and 13 national parks. You can also follow our journeys via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Miles Driven Today: 170, Total Miles Driven: 4,101, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.56

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

5 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    Wow, a hike of over 11 miles in the mountains. That’s quite a distance for sure! And you didn’t even mention that it was a hardship at all! You must be “fit as a fiddle” by now after your first 20 days exploring the national parks. Can’t wait to hear more as you continue your journey!

  2. Kim B

    Hi Dang
    Such a pretty area. Stretching your legs on a nice long hike is good for the soul & the bode!
    Kim B

  3. Kim B

    I wish hubby could do the hikes like this with me. He’s limited due to medical issues. My sis & a friend do hikes with me when we get to travel together & hubby will do 3-4 miles if it’s not strenuous.
    Thanks for sharing the pics. I’m living vicariously for sure & enjoying!
    Kim B

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