Scenic Point is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,352 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Camping permit required.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike - trail is in good condition, we battled the elements on the way up with some freezing rain but the clouds lifted near the summit to offer stunning views. VERY windy at the summit. Saw a few mountain goats, no bears. This trail is excellent for coming down as it’s not steep and easy on the knees! Highly recommend!

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8 months ago

We saw alot of wild life. very windy closer to the top.

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9 months ago

Beautiful vistas of Two Medicine Lake even if you don’t make it to the top! It is definitely a challenging trail for two 60-ish year olds, but we pushed on to the top. Our daughter who is athletic did just fine. We saw 3 groups of big horn sheep in 3 different locations, including right off the trail and, in the most amazing encounter, right on the trail ahead of us as we rounded a bend. We stepped off the trail and made ourselves look submissive and non-threatening. They continued up the trail right past us (we were heading down hill). We saw up close two females, two younger ones and the male. It was hot on our way down and more windy. The way up was cooler as we started in the partly cloudy morning. Knowing how hot and hard the climb is I would have brought more water and more sunscreen! Not much shade once you start to climb.

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no shade
9 months ago

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no shade
10 months ago

VERY windy. Saw no animals on the way up to the top. Saw lots of goat and sheep scat. This hike is pretty relentless but has amazing views the whole time. The point at the top is incredibly windy. Some exposure and loose rock. Once you get up to the "false summit" the trail evens out and then at the very end climbs about 100'. Gorgeous though.

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rocky
10 months ago

Expect wind in the 40s, great sights and sheep near the top and on the trail

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10 months ago

bring lots of water since there's no stream to fill your bottles. otherwise totally worth the climb!

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11 months ago

Loved this hike. Lots of sheep!!!! Amazing view at the end but holy crap was it windy. Had to climb up and around a short section of snow.

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11 months ago

6/29/19 - Windy, wild and wonderful. We enjoyed bluebird skies with a small flock of big horn sheep along a majority of the trail. A couple of yearlings and newborns teamed with moms and aunties made for an entertaining (and sometimes slow) climb. To add to what others have mentioned, the effort past the cairns is worth the effort - windy or not. And it was VERY windy for us. Find a leeward edge and enjoy the fruits of your leg-labor. Our hike GPS’d at 7.8 miles and quite a bit more gain in elevation than the listed amount.

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11 months ago

Awesome panoramic views! This 8 mile round trip hike starts in the woods for about half a mile and then takes you up above the tree line for guaranteed amazing views throughout. It was incredibly windy today (6/29), but worth it for the scenery. Another review mentioned crawling to get to the top, and although it was very windy, we didn’t experience anything like that. It was windy enough during the last portion that I had to stop a few times to stand in place during a gust, but that was about it. Some people turned around early because of the wind and others stopped at the rock cairn at the 3 mile point. But I would say it’s 100% worth it to push through to the end where you can shelter from the wind under a rock and eat your lunch. Took us about an hour and a half to get up!

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11 months ago

Good hike with nice views at the top. Good footing and mostly rocky.

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rocky
snow
11 months ago

Great trail! Good elevation climb. Bring water and snack for top brunch. Well worth the climb for the majestic view !!

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11 months ago

Mosquitoes at the start and end lol

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rocky
11 months ago

A tough but doable hike for a day! It took us about 4 hours and we tracked more then the 7 miles. We clocked 8.5 miles, maybe because we had to take a detour around a snow field, and another one to see the waterfall at the beginning. We saw 3 groups of sheep and goats. Started around 11 and finished around 4 because we spent about an hour at the top! Most people seemed to stop at the saddle and think that was the end or maybe that they didn’t want to go any further, but I promise it’s worth it to keep going! Bring sunscreen, there is a lot of exposure. We also saw the biggest marmot I’ve ever seen! The trail wasn’t too crowded. This one def will wear you out but make You happy !

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Superbe randonnée, modérée avec une superbe vue au sommet. Terrain bien praticable avec un peu de vent au sommet. Une de mes meilleures randonnées. Durée aller-retour 3h40min. Go for it. Ensuite un petit tour en bateau sur le lac.

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Mon May 27 2019

Amazing hike (around 4h for us). A lot of snow at the top; up to the knees. No wind, clear sky. Best hike in east glacier.

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rocky
scramble
Thu Feb 28 2019

08/2018 Tough but awesome hike. Great views and picture taking on the way up and at the point. Lots of switchbacks. (I don't remember but high 20-somethings I think) There are some places where you could scramble from one part of the trail to another to skip a switchback though it probably is not the safest choice. was others said, windy at the top. Leave in the morning so you get back in decent time and avoid the morning sun by having the mountain block it :) Less busy that other trails, though still busy because of the time of year.

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Sun Dec 09 2018

Came to Glacier at end of the June. Most trails we wanted to do were still closed due to ice/snow. Ranger recommended this one. It ended up being our favorite trail in the park. Panoramic view at top was stunning. Saw a herd of 9ish bighorn sheeps on our way down. It was super windy on the day of our hike. We estimate around 60 mph wind speed. We had to crawl at times. It was still worth the time and effort.

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Thu Nov 01 2018

Stop it with this trail!! So good!! The views and landscape were unlike anything we had ever seen, really great views of the two medicine lakes and Rising Wolf. No goats, but had a few cute interactions with the chipmunks! It is a workout but well worth it. Also love how the views aren’t just at the top. There were really strong winds up at the summit area- could lean backward against it without falling over. Bring good protein (& bear spray)! We hope to get back to this trail again one day! Hiking in October is awesome! Weather is perfect for these types of trails and there were only one other group on the entire trail

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Thu Sep 27 2018

We did this hike on Monday, September 17, 2018. It was a beautiful sunny day. We started the trail around 9:30 am and finished at 1:30 pm., and that included a 30 minute stop for lunch at the top. This is a beautiful hike and, while hard, very doable for most. Dress in layers as it will go from cold to warm and back again. There is also enough wind at the top portion to warrant bringing something to cover your face. Sunscreen, chapstick, and hiking pole are helpful but also protection against wind chaffing for your face is a good idea. The best views really are on the first portion of the hike and before you turn away from the mountains and traverse the slopping trail to the scenic point. There is a nice spot at the point where you can sit and eat lunch while being protected from the winds. The chipmunks will steal your food if you don’t watch out! We didn’t realize you can continue on the trail and finish at the East Glacier Lodge, which is a 10 mile trek in total. This would be a good idea and we met a group on the trail doing just that. Easily one of the best hikes in Glacier...enjoy!

Wed Sep 26 2018

Beautiful hike. We didn't get to see any goats, but the views were unmatched. As others have said, dress in layers. You come across all temperatures on this hike. It was difficult for this 49 year old lady, but the 20 somethings I was with did it no problem.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Well worth the work to get there. You’ll climb and the wind is very gusty. Interesting natural and cultural discoveries along the way. Tips: sunscreen, hiking poles are nice, layers, something to cover your face from the wind

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Fri Aug 31 2018

2018.08 was smokey, but still worth it. loved the silhouette trees. will definitely come back.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Tough climb, but totally worth it!

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Mon Jul 23 2018

Made it to the ghost tree and had to turn back as the sun exposure was too much for my 11 & 8 year old. They hike quite a bit but as this was our last of many hikes this Glacier trip I think they’d just had enough. Enjoyed the falls and the tiny blue butterflies that seemed to flock by the hundreds. Hopefully will travel back one day!

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Wed Jul 18 2018

Very lightly traveled in comparison to the rest of the trail system in glacier. This hike goes straight up after about a 1/4 mile. You’re welcomed by pine forest which yields to gorgeous views of 2 medicine lake which eventually scales to open alpine at the top. I was able to come within 20-30 yards of 14 big horn sheep. The views alone at the top are worth it.

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