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Feather Plume Falls

Feather Plume Falls is a much smaller falls then Morning Eagle Falls. Feather Plume Falls was dry mid September of 2007 while Morning Eagle Falls had a large water flow. The photo below of Feather Plume Falls was taken on the first day of summer 2008 from nearly a half mile away. At that time there was about 3 feet of snow obscuring the trail, along with numerous deadfalls. The photo of Morning Eagle Falls was taken in late summer of 2007 when it was shrouded in smoke from the forest fires surrounding Glacier Park. Feather Plume Falls when conditions are good is visible during the boat ride across Lake Josephine.


I've left the trail crew report from 2008 on this page to give you an idea of how different conditions are this year - 2011.

NPS Trail Crew Report
Trails Status as of 8-8-11
Grinnell Lk. to Piegan Pass Tr. at Feather Plume Falls/1.2mi
Feather Plume Suspension Bridge: Installed 7/21/11
Feather Plume Plank bridge out of service due to stream widening.
HAZARDOUS STREAM CROSSING: 8/5/11
A few snow fields remain, cautious footing required.
TRAIL CLOSURE: 8/5/11 from Featherplume Falls to Piegan Pass for bears
8/5/11 Initial clearing scheduled for:Cleared 7/22/11
Morning Eagle Falls and Feather Plume Planks:
Morning Eagle still completely buried by snow.
Install now scheduled for 8/11/11
Feather Plume Suspension Bridge: Installed 7/21/11
Hazardous stream crossings between suspension bridge
and Morning Eagle Falls 7/21/11

Trails Status as of 6/21/2008
According to Trail Status Reports published by the NPS:
Initial clearing scheduled for: 6/27/08
Morning Eagle Falls plank bridge: To be installed by 6/27/08
Feather Plume plank bridge: To be installed by 6/18/06
Trail 100% snow covered from Feather plume Falls junction to Piegan Pass, with 4-6 feet on the ground. Trails Status as of 6/07/2008
According to Trail Status Reports published by the NPS:
Feather Plume Suspension installation scheduled for 6/18/08
South Shore Trail from Hotel to Oastler Shelter 2.0 miles.
6/07/2008: Trail 25% snow covered.
Approx 45 medium/large sized trees down and blocking trail.
Feather Plume Falls Cutoff Trail (to Grinnell Lake) 1.2 miles
Grinnell Lake to Piegan Pass Trail at Feather Plume Falls 1.2 miles. Trails Status as of 6/21/2008


I tried it a few years ago and after leaving Lake Josephine on the first day of summer in 2008 and the snow just kept getting deeper and deeper and that was a low snow year. (well compared to this year)

A easy hike from Many Glacier, particularly if you take Glacier Boat from the Many Glacier Hotel. The photo of Morning Eagle Falls taken in late summer was obscured by smoke from the Montana forest fires of 2007. Feather Plume Falls was dry by late last summer. The photo of Feather Plume Falls was taken on the first day of summer 2008. There are at least four ways to get to these spectacular waterfalls. Take Glacier Boat from the Many Glacier Hotel, then take the trail to Grinnell Lake, after enjoying the views at Grinnell Lake pick up the trail to Piegan Pass. Or you can take the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail, continue on to the Lake Josephine Trail, then keep on going to Grinnell Lake and finally pick up the trail to Piegan Pass. The third option (my least favorite) is to take the Piegan Pass Trail from Many Glacier Hotel which skips all the lakes and goes through the forest to Feather Plume Falls. Any of the above way is an easy hike. To challenge yourself start on the west side of Glacier National Park and start at Siyeh Bend, then onto the Piegan Pass Trail. This goes over the continental divide then follow the trail downhill until you get to the sub-alpine fir grove. At that point you should be able to see Feather Plume Falls. This way you will end up at Many Glacier Hotel were you can catch the EastSide Shuttle service back to St Mary Visitor Center. Don't forget to bring your park pass and $10.00 in cash for the shuttle. Eastside Shuttle times are available here.

For more information you can check out Piegan Pass Trail. The Piegan Pass Trail is one of those trails that is on my list to hike as often as possible. If your start on the west side it's not as difficult as it looks on paper. This is one of the best trails to experience remote backcountry while on a day hike.

Feather Plume Falls

feather plume falls 2008

Salamander Glacier from the Piegan Pass Trail.   June 21, 2008.
As the Piegan Pass Trail gradually rises above Lake Joesphine, the trail breaks out of the dense woods and provides a different view of both Lake Joesphine and Salamander Glacier.

salamander glacier june 2008