Two Medicine Lake Hiking
The Two Medicine Valley is on the East side of Glacier Park, and South of the Going to the Sun Road, so the only way to access it is from East Glacier or leaving the park at St. Mary's and driving outside the park South to that entrance.
After setting up camp and eating lunch, we decided to hit that area first, since there wasn't any grueling hikes we had planned for the area, but wanted to see Two Medicine Lake and the Rising Wolf Mountain.
There's a lodge, restrooms, and a good amount of parking once you reach the lake. My guidebook didn't have much on the Two Medicine Valley, but the park website has great PDF hiking maps (https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm#CP_JUMP_5204781 ).
Instead of choosing a specific hike, we thought we'd just make our way along the South shore of the lake trail. It was easy, and once we got into a little valley opening, we had our first and only moose sighting. I read that your best bet for seeing moose were at Two Medicine Lake.
The brush along the trail was thick and we spotted (and tasted) wild berries. Because of this vegetation, I was quite nervous we'd run across a bear, but we made sure to make noise as we went along. So we were safe.
A short detour from the main trail took us to Aster Falls, a pretty little waterfall. And with it so close to the main trail, there's no reason not to take a look.
We continued along the South trail until we realized we were at the point of the end of the lake. Since it was a nice little hike, we thought we'd just continue around along the North trail. You do have the option of taking a ferry back to the lodge.
As we made our way back along the North trail, a light rain started. The trail had a little bit more elevation gain, but nothing too difficult. The views of the lake were beautiful and we soon found ourselves at the lodge. However, the trail doesn't immediately take you back to the lodge, you have another little pool of the lake to walk around. At this point, we were pretty wet, a little tired, and just wanted to get back to the car. So we forged the little stream that connects the lakes. The water was super cold, and it probably wasn't the best idea, so I shouldn't recommend it. However, only my feet got wet. It wasn't deep at the time.
I'd love to go back to the Two Medicine Valley and hike more of the area, but due to the distance it is from the rest of the park...I'd probably want to camp there for a day or so.