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This 10-mile hike 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. From the saddle you’ll get a glimpse of Scenic Point. Continue toward the point, traversing the ridge, but before dipping to the saddle, turn off-trail to the right.
Pick your way across the rocky, treeless hillside heading due south to another saddle. This route follows a goat trail across the broad grassy hill to the left, but turn sharply uphill and pick your way toward its top. Just before cresting the ridge, look for a rocky foundation—an old Native Americans vision quest site. The top of the hill offers sweeping views of Glacier’s peaks, a close-up of Mount Henry’s rugged relief, and a perfect perch to watch for wildlife on Appistoki’s eastern slope.
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
- Distance: 16.1
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There are no facilities at the Scenic Point Trailhead, but with the Two Medicine camp store just 0.25 mile east, it’s still a convenient spot to stop for a restroom and snack.
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Heed bear-country warnings as you follow the Mount Henry Trail from the northeast corner of the parking lot. The first 0.5 miles of the trail is a flat, easy warm-up.
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Just before the climbing begins, turn right for a 200-yard round-trip detour to an overlook above Appistoki Falls. If you decide to skip the falls, there’s a perfect rest stop at a valley overlook 200 yards up the main trail.
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The skeleton trunk of an old limber pine marks the end of the trail’s first mile. Several long switchbacks traverse the hillside up above.
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Large rocks line the trail as it climbs toward Mount Henry. Several damp drainages sprout early spring wildflowers, a welcome sight on the otherwise dry hillside.
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A prominent rock outcropping on the trail’s west side offers a bird’s-eye view of the lake and Two Medicine Valley. The entire trail is striking, but this is definitely worth a stop for photos.
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From this rocky saddle, glimpse Scenic Point. Before dipping into the saddle to access the point, this route turns off-trail and uphill on the far side of the right-hand hill.
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Before dipping into the saddle, turn right and pick your way across the rocky, grassy hillside toward another saddle due south of this small, trailside hill.
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After wrapping east on a barely-there goat trail, turn uphill toward Mount Henry. You’ll climb cross-country about 800 feet from this point to the top of the hill.
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Look for this small pile of rocks remaining from the site of an old vision quest shelter. It’s just below the top of the hill, so a little further to the west-side for views into the valley.
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A sign about 0.25 mile from the campground entrance marks the Scenic Point Trailhead.
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As with all trails in Glacier National Park, a sign at the trailhead warns that you’re entering bear country. Make plenty of noise as you proceed and consider carrying bear spray.
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Mount Henry looms above the valley, but it slopes provide a dramatic backdrop for the long, uphill slog.
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A trailside view of Two Medicine and Rising Wolf Mountain.
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A relatively flat traverse above a crumbling slope lands at this saddle just before you turn right. Scenic Point is visible in the distance.
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The hillside traverse heading toward the vision quest site. Watch your step on the rocky, trail-less terrain.
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The rocky pile that was once a shelter for local Native Americans on spiritual journeys.
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Looking west into the valley and across toward the slopes of Appostoki Peak.