“Incredible views, a waterfall, and a perch to see where the plains meet the mountains.”
— Jake Bramante
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bring bear spray. If running down to East Glacier, the trail crosses into Blackfeet Tribal land where a recreational tribal permit is required.
Overall, this route is pretty steep, but has incredible views most of the way.
This trail begins at the Scenic Point trailhead sign on the south side of the road just before you enter the Two Medicine area. Most visitors make their way up to Scenic Point and back, but the whole route can be done with a shuttle through Glacier Park Inc
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.
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Flora & Fauna
Lodgepole forest with forest birds, then alpine with bighorn sheep and low growing alpine flowers. On the other side, taller grasses and plants such as fireweed and cow parsnip as well as aspen. Birds along the way vary from chickadees to american pipits to grouse.