Scenic Point Trail | Glacier National Park, Montana
From Glacier National Park's Two Medicine Valley, the Scenic Point hike climbs quickly up through spectacular scenery to breathtaking views everywhere you look.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Drive north from from East Glacier, Montana on Highway 49, turn onto Two Medicine Road and drive into the Two Medicine valley , for approximately 11.5 miles. The traihead is on the left, marked as the Mount Henry Trailhead, just before an old water tank.
Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail
2 hours to Scenic Point, 2 1/2 -3 hours from Scenic Point to East Glacier
The trail begins along Appistoki Creek, passes Appistoki Falls, and then begins switchbacking up the rugged windswept wall which forms the east flank of Two Medicine valley. The views across to Rising Wolf Mountain and down Two Medicine Lake inspire awe. The Blackfeet consider this valley sacred and used it for vision quests and other ceremonies- from high on the side of this sheer wall its easy to see why. After reaching the top of the switchbacks, continue on, climbing gradually to the true summit- where the world is literally at your feet. Hikers can choose between retracing their route back down to the trailhead, our continuing on a gradual downhill walk into East Glacier. The hike into East Glacier crosses an arid bouldery, rubbley section and then enters aspen groves. This part of the hike is especially glorious in early Fall as the Aspens glow yellowish-orange.
Highlights and Best Features of this Trail
This short steep trail offers spectacular vistas in several directions, from the plateau a "top of the world" sensation is experienced. Looking west into the towering peaks, steep valleys and azure depths of Two Medicine Lakes- looking east out onto the plains, the Sweetgrass Hills are visible 100 miles away. The hike includes a waterfall, an area of twisted trees, a rocky area, and a vast highland plateau.
3.1 miles from trailhead to Scenic Point, 7 more miles to East Glacier
Trail Vertical Gain or Loss
2350' gain from Trailhead to Scenic Point