Appekunny (Apukuni) Ridge

Appekunny (Apukuni) Ridge in MT, USA

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9 miles
US City
User Trevbo
Elevation Gain: ~ 760 m+ (2,500 ft+)

This off-trail scramble is an extension of the Glacier Apekunny Falls trail.

Continue along the trail past the waterfalls viewpoint. With a bit of route finding, you should be able to discern a trail that leads off to the right. This walk-up route will get you beyond the impressive looking cliff wall that guards the hanging basin above the falls. Alternatively there is a couloir that can be climbed from the path that saves you a few minutes. We followed this trail to the edge of the ridge whereupon our group decided to break into a two groups (there were multiple people who had hiked the ridge before; some who preferred to continue further down the path and to gain the ridge by hiking up loose scree/rubble; others preferred to scramble immediately up the edge of the ridge where there were some solid rock outcroppings that one could ascend... the scramble was a steeper way up, but in my opinion, an easier option).

There were some impressive drop-offs and some very interesting looking rock arches at the top of the ridge. Unfortuately, the ridgetop was enshrouded in clouds and fog, so we did not proceed up any higher. From the ridge, it is supposedly an easy hike to the top of the mountain (see ‘A climber's guide to Glacier National Park' b J. Gordon Edwards).

Climb classification : II (II) MM

A note on the spelling of Appekunny: The name is spelled ‘Appekunny' on the trailhead sign, but Apukuni on my map!


The trailhead is located 3km east of the Many Glacier Hotel. Look for a north side parking area on the Many Glacier entrance road in Glacier National Park. (Montana) Look for the trailhead sign.

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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