Mt. Henry Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,310' 704 m
Descent: -2,702' -824 m
High: 7,415' 2,260 m
Low: 4,884' 1,489 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“Incredible views, a waterfall, and a perch to see where the plains meet the mountains.”— Jake Bramante
The trail spends the first mile in the trees where it starts climbing and passes Appistoki Falls. The forest is an airy, lodgepole forest and some nice forest birding. Appistoki Falls is a nice waterfall, but partially obstructed from the trail. Scrambling is needed for a good photo of the waterfall.
From here, the trail begins to climb, but you've emerged from the forest and the views in every direction are fantastic. Old silver trees accent the brown shale of these disintegrating mountains. Everything in this terrain has a distressed look to it and it is beautiful. You have great views up to Mt. Henry and Appistoki Peak as well as down to Two Medicine Lake and the red mountains surrounding it.
You continue to climb and switchback up the mountain and eventually come to a saddle. Bighorn Sheep are frequently seen on this mountain and the neighboring mountains, but frequently cross at the saddle, so keep your eyes peeled.
The trail levels off and traverses across a steep face giving you a bird's eye view down the north face of the mountain. The trail continues across a broad, alpine slope full of low growing plants that flower into a carpet of every color. At the top, a spur trail breaks off to Scenic Point. This great vantage gives you views up to Two Medicine Lake, down to Lower Two Medicine Lake and out to the plains. Make sure that you have everything you want to keep tied down to your pack as the wind really whips up here.
From here, the trail works its way out to East Glacier. The alpine trail comes to an edge and steeply follows this ridge down to Forty Mile Creek where you follow a canyon out to the foothills. The vegetation down here grows taller and lusher. Aspens begin popping up until you are navigating through aspen groves all the way to the boundary of the park.
At the boundary of the park, the trail gets a bit harder to follow as you are now on the reservation where more modes of travel are permitted and not regulated. Having a GPS here is a lifesaver. The trail continues on through more of the same to the town of East Glacier Park.
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.
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Land Manager: NPS - Glacier National Park