The Scenic Point Traverse (3 peaks Medicine, Henry and Apistoki)

The Scenic Point Traverse (3 peaks Medicine, Henry and Apistoki) near East Glacier Park, MT


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10 miles
9hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
East Glacier Park, MT
User Trevbo

This classic ridgewalk in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park initially follows the Scenic Point Hiking Trail before continuing along the long horseshoe shaped ridge above the valley, bagging 3 peaks along the way - Medicine, Mt. Henry and Apistoki.

After the hiking trail tops out at the false summit of Scenic Point, we followed the interconnecting ridge to the south towards the rounded dome that is simply noted as 'Medicine' on my hiking map. It was easy enough to tramp up the Medicine's rubble covered class II slopes to its summit.

After a short break on Medicine we continued along the ridge to the south. We scared off a small herd of sheep just beneath Mt. Henry and tramped through snowy slopes as we approached the crux of the day - the arrets (rock pinnacles) just beneath the summit. Gord Edwards states in the climbing guide that the arrets can be easily avoided by dropped 100 or so feet beneath the summit and following some class 3 terrain to the sunmmit, but everything gets more complicated when there is snow.

Arriving at the arrets first, I was undaunted by the exposure and prepared for some mad ninja moves to cross over. My climbing partner J. wisely pointed out that although crossing the arrets was do-able, we were facing a likely retreat, as the steep slopes just beyond the pinnacles were snow laden. After much farting around, we managed to drop below the arrets, below a steep snow slope and climb up some easy class 2 and 3 slopes to the regular route, topping out on Henry. At one point, J. crossed a snow slope that I was uncomfortable with, forcing him into a second sketchy crossing of said slope sans protection of any kind, but it all worked out.

From Mount Henry's summit, the rest of the traverse was viewable and we felt confident in our ability to route-find our way past any other possible difficulties. We carried on and had no other issues the rest of the day.

Reference: A Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park but J. Gordon Edwards

Directions:

The Scenic Point Hiking Trail starts just minutes from the Two Medicine Campground at a small parking area with a signed marker denoting the trailhead.




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

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