This 7.3-mile out-and-back from Two Medicine Lake begins with an easy, 0.5-mile warm-up before turning uphill sharply after a quick detour to Appistoki Falls. Take your time as the trail climbs the east side of a glacier-carved valley—almost every long switchback offers a rest-worthy point to look for wildlife. The climb gets increasingly rocky as it approaches a saddle at mile 2.8. You’ll also pass relatively lush forest, flower-speckled meadows, gnarled krummholz, stunted sub-alpine fir, and a barren hillside in that short distance.
From the saddle you’ll get your first glimpse of Scenic Point, a 7,522-foot overlook perched above Two Medicine Lake. Climb the ridge and traverse the hillside toward the point. As its name suggests, sweeping views of Glacier’s peaks, the Two Medicine Valley, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and several flatland towns on the Blackfeet Reservation pan out to the east.
Note: This hike is mostly above treeline on an exposed, west-facing hillside so plan to hike it early in the morning or when spring temperatures are moderate to avoid harsh afternoon sun and overheating.
PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland