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Scenic Point Out and Back

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A steady and difficult switchback climb to Scenic Point for 360° views of the Two Medicine area.


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7.9

Miles

12.8

KM

Out and Back

7,503' 2,287 m

High

5,275' 1,608 m

Low

2,289' 698 m

Up

2,289' 698 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bring bear spray. If traveling to East Glacier, make sure to get a Blackfeet Conservation Tribal Permit beforehand.

Overview

Venture up above Appistoki Creek to Scenic Point for unobstructed views of the Two Medicine area and beyond as you stand at the border between the rocky mountains and the plains.

Need to Know

An alternate hike option is to head down to East Glacier from Scenic Point, making the trip approximately 10 miles instead of turning back from the high point. The paid shuttle on the east side of the park can be used to return to your vehicle. For this alternate route, you'll need a tribal permit as this route heads onto Blackfeet Tribal Land.

Description

Scenic Point is an appropriately-named hike in the Two Medicine area. Just before entering Two Medicine's developed area, a sign for Scenic Point on the south side of the road directs you to the parking lot.

The hike begins on the Mt. Henry Trail as it heads through some scraggly pines, following Appistoki Creek up the drainage. The trail climbs steadily at a steep grade but quickly gains numerous great views right after reaching an aerial view of Appistoki Falls. As the trail ascends, you'll find yourself in a forest of old, twisted, gray trees and great views looking towards Two Medicine Lake.

From the saddle, the trail begins to level out and gradually slopes down to Scenic Point. The saddle is a popular location for large, male bighorn rams, so be alert as they feed and bed down on either side of the trail. Keep an eye also on the northeast face of Appistoki Peak for more bighorn sheep.

The trail traverses across a cliffy area with stunning views down into the basin that you've just left. Continuing past, the trail opens up to alpine meadows to Scenic Point. Beyond, the breathtaking plains below come into view. From the summit, you can look down toward Lower Two Medicine Lake, which is over 2,500 vertical feet below. The summit is usually as windy as it is beautiful, so make sure you take a jacket and don't leave anything loose on your pack.

Take some photos, refuel with snacks or lunch, and get ready to head back down the same way you came up.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep are common in the area. Once up on the drier alpine, the low growing shrubs pop with colorful blooms in spring and early summer.

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Jake Bramante

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 14 votes

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#890

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Wow. Very windy trail!
Sep 23, 2017 near Bison, MT
Two Medicine Lake with Rising Wolf Mountain from trail up to Scenic Point.
May 15, 2016 near Bison, MT
Trip video up to Scenic Point, then out to East Glacier.
May 15, 2016 near Bison, MT
Rising Wolf Mountain
Sep 14, 2019 near Bison, MT
The trail might have snow lingering in shaded areas, even in late June. You can see the trail as it leads out to Scenic Point off in the distance.
Oct 5, 2018 near Bison, MT
Mount Henry Trail with Two Medicine Lake in the background.
Sep 14, 2019 near Bison, MT

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Aug 17, 2019
Kim Phan
Jul 14, 2019
Ali Morrow
Jun 30, 2019
Theresa Tittle Romano
Jun 23, 2019
Brian K
Sep 15, 2018
Michael Johnson
Trail is in good condition. Weather great. The Goldilocks of trails 8.1mi
Aug 31, 2018
Tilman Giese
8.3mi — 3h 49m
Aug 14, 2018
Sebastian Chavez
7.9mi
Jul 15, 2018
Mags Carvalho
The view was astounding. 7.9mi