Bullhead lake at Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

Swiftcurrent Pass is a trailhead on the East side of Glacier National Park and begins from the Swiftcurrent Pass Trailhead in Many Glacier. The trailhead is located at the end of the parking area for the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Get there early for a parking spot. There are rest rooms in the lobby of the Motor Inn, along with a restaurant and a general/gift shop, where you can get drinks, coffee, food, or a souvenir.

A very short distance from the start of the trailhead you will see a side trail to Fishercap lake. The first trial is unmarked but there is a interesting bent tree that marks the trail, or if you continue down the main trail a few more yards, there is another trail with a marker. It’s a very short walk to Fishercap, its less than a hundred yards to reach the shore. It’s well worth the short side trip, as the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains are simply stunning. Fishercap Lake is also a good place to spot a moose, especially in the mornings and early evenings.

Continuing along the main trail from Fishercap, the trail is lined with pines, aspens, and huckleberry patches. The trail is usually busy with hikers but make some noise in case some bears are enjoying the berries, and don’t forget the bear spray.

At about 1 ½ miles in, you will come to the second lake, Redrock lake and Redrock falls. The views of both the lake and the falls are stunning and it’s a great place to take a break.

Along the west shore of the lake you will see the red rock formations, giving the lake its name.

Just past the lake you will come to a split in the trail, the left fork will take you to the Redrock falls, some of the most scenic falls in Glacier. A little bit further up the trail there is another side trail that will take you back to the upper falls.

At about 3.5 miles on the main trail there will be the side trail to Bullhead Lake. The lake has fantastic views and reminds me a bit of Avalanche lake. It’s a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the views.

We continued up the trail past Bullhead lake for another mile or two, winding up the side of the mountain. There are great views of the valley below and its worth hiking up a bit to see it.

The trail continues all the up the mountain but the hike from the trailhead to the top is over 14 miles and strenuous. We’ll save that part for another day.


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