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Activity Type: Hiking
Meeting Point: Continental Divide Trailhead near Two Medicine Ranger Station
Length: 7.4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 2,352 ft
Exposure: Sun exposure for 80% of the hike on the alpine tundra
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Hard
AllTrails Page: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/montana/scenic-point
ABOUT SCENIC POINT
Scenic Point is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana that starts at a lake; passes through woodlands by a creek and Appistoki Falls; and finishes with alpine tundra switchbacks to a mountain point with 360 degres views! Expect to encounter bighorn sheep along the way. Most of the trail serves as a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, which runs from the Mexican border in New Mexico, all the way to the town of Waterton Park in Canada.
This trail is steadily uphill the entire first half, and 80% of the hike is exposed to the sun. So bring LOTS of water, sunscreen, and sunglasses. But also pack a long sleeved shirt or light jacket because it can be very windy at the summit. Wear sturdy hiking boots. And pack whatever other hiking essentials you like to bring, such as bear spray or poles.
HOW TO MEET US AND WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a hidden gem with fewer hikers than some of Glacier National Park's other trails, and no reserved entry ticket is required as this is not accessible through Going-to-the-Sun Road.
We'll meet at the Continental Divide Trailhead parking lot 0.25 miles east of Two Medicine Ranger Station (https://goo.gl/maps/3WTvccRpBqdjwGNQ9). Aim to arrive by 8:45 am, as we will start the hike at 9:00 am sharp! We will hike at a pace of about 2 miles per hour. We'll stop at the top halfway through for a short break, and it will be all downhill from there back to the parking lot. Remember, LEAVE NO TRACE!
Meeting at the Super One in Columbia Falls at 4:00 AM, leaving no later then 4:10 AM for the trailhead. This is a VERY long day.
Please know your limits.
1. Bring plenty of water/snacks/electrolytes for a full day!
2. Bear Spray is a must!
3. Be prepared for all types of weather, layers, and expect rain/snow even mid summer. Please have broken in hiking shoes/boots at least 2 weeks and have moleskin, bandaids ready to go.
Let us know as soon as you feel hot spots so we can stop and you can take care of your feet!
Trailhead: Two Medicine Campground. North Shore Trail Trailhead.
Distance: 19.2 miles
Elevation Gained: 2,935 vertical feet
North Shore Trail (First 3 miles)
The first leg of your hike around the Dawson Pass Trail - Pitamakan Pass Trail Loop is Glacier Park's North Shore Trail. You will cross a foot bridge right at the campground, and there will be a sign at the far end of the bridge ( Dawson Pass). This 3 mile trail is nearly flat as it follows the north shore of Two Medicine Lake. Once you get to the South Shore Trail and Twin Falls junction, STAY RIGHT to begin heading towards Dawson Pass.
No Name Lake (mile 5.0)
At about 4.7 miles into your Glacier Park hiking adventure, you'll encounter a junction that takes you to No Name Lake and No Name Backcountry Campground. The lake is only a few hundred yards from the main trail. Note: Don't spend too much time at No Name Lake due to long day.
Dawson Pass (mile 6.7)
The hike from No Name Lake to Dawson Pass (7,500 feet) is quite strenuous, and is definitely the most tiring section of the entire hike = 2,000 vertical feet in just over 2 miles. Dawson Pass in Glacier Park rests on the Continental Divide, and it provides remarkable views of incredible mountains to the west. Far below you is the remote Nyack Creek Area, and iconic giants such as Mount Stimson (one of the tallest peaks in Glacier National Park) and Mount Phillips (with is home to Lupfer Glacier) rises up from the deep Nyack Valley floor. Directly to the north of you is Flinsch Peak, a sharp matterhorn that you will walk beside on your way to Cut Bank Pass.
Pitamakan Overlook (approx. mile 8.0)
The hike between Dawson Pass and the Pitamakan Overlook (8,099 feet) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hikes in Glacier Park. You will walk along the Continental Divide and see miles of gigantic glacier carved mountains, as well as hike directly above Glacier Park's Old Man Lake to the east that rests below Flinsch Peak. Once you pass Flinsch Peak, Mount Morganwill begin to dominate the skyline to the north. This entire section of the hike is relatively level as you head straight north along the Continental Divide. At the end of this long stretch, the trail climbs slightly and turns a little towards the west, and then takes an abrupt turn towards the east. At this exact point is where you'll see the Pitamakan Overlook. It's a long, narrow rock ridge that heads straight west for only a few hundred yards... The view of Mount Stimson,Mount Pinchot and Eaglehead Mountain directly to the west is breathtaking. This view makes it very obvious why we feel the Dawson-Pitamakan Trail Loop is one of the premiere hikes.
"Upper" Pitamakan Pass (approx. mile 8.4)
As you hike around Mount Morgan (to your right), you'll reach "Upper" Pitamakan Pass, which gives you your first views of the eastern landscape. "Upper" Pitamakan Pass is marked by a small pile of rocks called a cairn, and the views are tremendous from this remarkable vantage point. You'll see Pitamakan Lake below you to the east, as well as several unnamed lakes. You'll also get your first good look at Rising Wolf Mountainto the south, which is the mountain you've been hiking around. To the northwest, you'll get a great view of Blackfoot Mountain's famous Pumpelly Glacier. This is a great place to rest and have lunch before you continue your hike.
Pitamakan Pass (appox. mile 9.2)
As you work your way towards Pitamakan Pass, you hike directly towards the towering Rising Wolf Mountain to the south, and you'll once again see the sharp matterhorn of Flinsch Peak just to the west of Rising Wolf Mountain. You will then hike along a ridge with Pitamakan Lake directly below you to your left (north) and Old Man Lake is to your right (south), just below Flinsch Peak. Once you reach Pitamakan Pass, you will begin a rather steep descent down to Old Man Lake and Old Man Backcountry Campground (1/3 mile to refill /filter water).
Two Medicine Campground (mile 17.0)
It's all down hill to the Two Medicine Campground...well ALMOST! Just before you round the corner around the east flank of Rising Wolf Mountain, there is an annoying elevation gain just when you're legs really aren't in the mood for it. Fortunately it doesn't last too long and the trail again levels off as you approach the trailhead.
Guest count is changed once questions are answered.
You must answer questions within 24 hours before being accepted on this hike.
Only sign up for this hike if you realize that this hike requires some team work.
We are meeting at Superone in Columbia Falls at 3 AM. If you are more then 10 minutes late, do not expect us to wait as the drive is 2 hours and 49 minutes and morning time means cooler temps to hike in.
There is minimal water on this trail and 19 miles does require a lot of water...I would suggest 3 liters but that depends on your intake.
This is NOT a fast hike as we need to pace ourselves for distance. I am aiming for 2 Miles/ per hour.
If you'd like to post a 3 mile/hour hike...I am more then happy to create an event just for you and your team to go a faster pace- in fact- the more people we have post hikes, the more likely we can keep this group going.
Everyone must be willing to be able to drive to Many Glacier (or pitch in for the 2 hour and 49 minute drive x 2).
We need 2 vehicles for the carpool.
We will drop (Vehicle 1) vehicle off at Logan's pass).
We will continue on (Vehicle 2) to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn to start the hike by 6 AM.
I do plan on going up to Swiftcurrent Lookout. It adds elevation gain to what is listed as Swiftcurrent Pass. It is incorporated into the 19 miles. (3600 ft elevation gain total).
If a 2nd group wants to do this hike but not the Outlook, just let me know and I will post an event with the adjusted mileage.
At the end of the hike we will take Vehicle 1 at Logan's Pass back to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn to pick up Vehicle 2.