I anxiously checked for news about Going-to-the-Sun Road on the morning of Day 4, but it was still closed. Knowing that, and having explored the west side of Glacier National Park the previous afternoon, I decided it would be best to circle around the park and check out the east side. I took US 2 around the southern end of Glacier, to my stopping point for the next two nights: East Glacier Park Village.
When I arrived, it was too early to check in, so I headed on into the park. The closest access point to East Glacier Park Village is the Two Medicine area. Thanks to the late-season snowstorm (which dumped the snow that was keeping GTTS Road closed), many of the trails in Two Medicine and other areas were soggy, muddy, or outright flooded altogether. Hiking around Two Medicine Lake would likely have been messy, so I opted for the scenic boat cruise. At the far end of the lake, I hopped off (and waded through some frigid ankle-deep water) to get to the trail to Twin Falls. As trails go, it was okay, and as waterfalls go, it was alright.
Arriving back at the dock, a long line of hikers were already waiting for the boat to return -- so many, the boat couldn't hold us all. So, it left three of us behind -- two ladies and me. It took nearly an hour for the boat to drop them all off, and then return to pick us up, but I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place to be stuck. And when it finally did return, the three of us had the whole boat to ourselves.
With a few hours to go before sunset (the days are incredibly long in late June, this far north), I gave myself an ambitious goal. I set out to hike the Scenic Point trail. Or at least, I told myself I'd hike as far as Appistoki Falls, and then see if I wanted to go further. Often, I do this to trick myself into longer, tougher hikes. I tell myself I'll hike for a while, then turn around -- but inevitably, once I'm up there, I go further. And this time, I kept going, as far as time allowed. I kept a close eye on my watch, constantly calculating the time needed for the return hike before darkness arrived.
The hike to Scenic Point wasn't just time-consuming, it was strenuous. As is often the case, the Scenic Point is at a very high point, overlooking everything, and to get there, you've got to go uphill. After a very full day of driving and hiking, I was exhausted by the time I approached the destination. I was also running out of time, but I pushed it to the very last minute. I didn't make it all the way, but I did see some very scenic points along the way.