Scenic Point Trail Glacier National Park ~ a slow hiker's guide™

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Scenic Point Trail is the best view trail with the least effort.

Two Medicine Trails Trail Map


  • Scenic Point, Mount Henry Trail
  • 3.1 miles elevation gain 2,350 feet
  • No Shuttle Service
  • great view hike
  • wildlife hike
  • wildflower hike
  • Moderately Strenuous hike
  • Caution: can be Very Windy
  • Usually able to get to a good view point early in the season Not to the end of the trail

 

NPS Trail Crew Report 2014"Two Medicine Road to Scenic Point/ 3.1 mi.
6/12/14: Few patches of snow on trail to saddle area. Travel beyond saddle area not recommended due to snow hazard.
Cleared of downfall to treeline 6/25/14"

NPS Trail Crew Report 2013
Mt. Henry Trail (Scenic Point)
Two Medicine Road to Scenic Point/ 3.1 mi.
Initial clearing scheduled for:6/14/13

NPS Trail Crew Report 2012
Two Medicine Road to Scenic Point/ 3.1 mi. Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/2/12: Trail clear
Trail free of snow until high point of trail where a snow hazard exists. 6/22/2012
Snow cover upper 1/3 of trail. Snow hazard near Scenic Point. 5-31-2012

versus last years report in July NPS Trail Crew Report 2011
Two Medicine Road to Scenic Point 3.1 miles
Initial clearing scheduled for: 7/8/11
Patches of snow in lower trees and a few patches of snow through the upper switchbacks.
Snow hazard at the top is still very large. Ice Axe and crampons recommended for it. 6/12/11

two medicine lake glacier national park © Shawn Cogins
Two Medicine Lake with Sinopah Mountain on the left, Rising Eagle Mountain on the right. One of the best views in Glacier National Park © Shawn Coggins

The hike to Scenic Point on the Mount Henry Trail is one of the best hikes in Glacier National Park. From Scenic Point on the Mount Henry Trail there are commanding views of Rising Wolf Mountain, Two Medicine Lake, Pumpelly's Pillar and Sinopah to name a few of the peaks visible from the aptly named Scenic Point. The trail starts off from a small parking area on the south side of the road to Two Medicine Lake, between Running Eagle Falls and the parking lot at Two Medicine Lake. If you miss the turn on the way on the way into Two Medicine Lake, then turn around in the parking area and look for it on the right hand side of Two Medicine Road. When you are entering Two Medicine, the road rises sharply from the parking area at Running Eagle Falls, just after the crest for this rise, on the left side of the road, is the turn out for Scenic Point / Mount Henry Trailhead. It is a dirt road with a small parking area. The trailhead is sort of hidden on the left side.

The photo below from the last switchback on the Scenic Point Trail speaks for itself. This for me is the spot.

Warning Trail frequently subject to High Winds

Mount Henry Trail starts off in a heavily wooded area, after a little more then a half mile there is a fork to the right going to Apistoki Falls, stay to the left to go to Scenic Point. Mount Henry Trail gradually leaves the woods behind and starts on it's upward journey through the widely scattered remains of gnarled, ghost trees. Shortly after leaving the woods are four switch backs. This is a start of a a half mile traverse. The venation at this point is primarily on the downhill side. There is another shorter traverse and then a series of switchbacks. The views of Two Medicine Lake shown in the photo were taken at the last switchback of the trail before Scenic Point. Beware that once you reach the basically flat ledge that it is a two thousand foot straight drop off. Unlike many trails, on the Mount Henry Trail once it leaves the woods behind the dramatic views start, intermingled with wildflowers, gnarled white pine ghost trees and colorful lichen on the rocks along the trail.

Stonecrop-Sedum-lanceolatum  glacier national park, Montana www.glacierhikers.com © Shawn Coggins
Wildflower Stonecrop Sedum Lanceleolatum © Shawn Coggins
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream.
Discover.”
    Mark Twain
lanceleaf-chiming-bells-mertnsia-lanceolata, Glacier National Park, Montana  www.glacierhikers.com © Shawn Coggins
Wildflower lanceleaf chiming bells mertnsialanceolata ©Shawn Coggins

In addition to being a great view hike this trail has a wide variety of wildflowers. Good chance of seeing Big Horn sheep and Big Horn lambs in the spring. If your lucky a Red Fox.


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