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The Head (GNP)

The Head (GNP)

The Head (GNP)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.47030°N / 113.29908°W

Object Title: The Head (GNP)

County: Glacier

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7307 ft / 2227 m


Page By: The Levitator

Created/Edited: Aug 9, 2011 / Aug 12, 2011

Object ID: 736448

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Introducing The Mountain

Nearing The Head
The Head from Bison Mountain


1. Introducing The Mountain

2. Getting There

3. Red Tape

4. Route Information

5. When To Climb and Weather

6. Camping and Gear

The Head stands at 7,307 feet and is located in Two Medicine, Glacier National Park. The Head is usually done with a series of other mountains that surround it. There are plenty of different combinations that the climber can mix up with The Head. The mountain is surpassed by every other peak in the area including Scenic Point.

Two views of The Head

If you want fantastic views of the eastern expanse of the park, an extensive exertion of energy and a summit to add to the list, The Head is the right mountain for you. Views from the summit have no limits except for the majority of the western landscape being obscured by Bison and its big brother Medicine Peak. The Head is a unique mountain mostly because its hardly visited by any people and has a great panorama of Two Medicine's behemoths Rising Wolf Mountain, Flinsch Peak and Red Mountain.

Views from The Head
Grand View

Getting There

Appistoki Peak
Appistoki Peak from the trailhead

Scenic Point Trailhead
Scenic Point Trailhead

Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana. The Head is located in the Two Medicine Valley in the southeastern corner of Glacier National Park. There are two ways to get to Two Medicine.

One way is through St. Mary's, Montana.
Drive on Highway 89 south to the Kiowa Junction. Then turn right on to Highway 49 and drive to the Two Medicine turnoff which is 9 miles. Approximately 8.5 miles from the Highway 49 Junction is the Scenic Point Trailhead.

Another way is from East Glacier, Montana.
First reach East Glacier, Montana on Highway 2. From there drive North for 4 miles to the Two Medicine turnoff on State Highway 49. From there its 8.5 miles from the Highway 49 junction to the Scenic Point Trailhead.

Red Tape

Lower Two Medicine Lake
Lower Two Medicine Lake

The Head is located in Glacier National Park. This is bear country, so hike with bear spray and make lots of noise.

For current National Park Entrance fees.

See rules and regulations for Glacier National Park.

Route Information

From Sinopah and Rockwell to Pinchot and Stimson

The route starts at 5,131 feet high at the Scenic Point Trailhead. From there you will hike past Appistoki Falls and begin coming out of the timberline. You switchback your way up to Point 7277 and go past the summit block and onto the saddle between that point and Point 7643. By that time Scenic Point will come into view. Continue on the trail which cuts into the side of Point 7643.

Once you're past Point 7643 you would've gone about 4.46 miles and around 7,237 feet in elevation. At that point The Head is in view and you leave the trail and head towards the next saddle between Point 7643 and Medicine Peak.

From that point curve around the left side of Medicine Peak towards the saddle between Bison Mountain and Medicine. Once you reach the saddle you should be just over 7400 feet in elevation and have hiked 6.22 miles. From there walk another .27 miles up to the summit of Bison and enjoy the vista.

After Bison continue a mile and 500 feet down to the summit of The Head

Route Statistics
TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Scenic Point Trail4.462106'
Off Trail2.79836'

When To Climb and Weather

Weather in Two Medicine is known to be dangerous and unpredictable. The east side of the park is notorious for its high winds that can go up to 100 miles per hour. In some years there is record snowfall this year being one of them.

Click for the latest East Glacier Park weather forecast.

Camping and Gear

The entire route on The Head is dry. Bring enough water for the trip. Hiking poles will aid in your ascent and descent of the mountain. If an early season climb is made an ice axe and crampons may be needed to cross snowfields.

The park has a campground at Two Medicine Lake

Other options for camping include: GNP Campground Information, USFS Campgrounds, Camping on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation or East Glacier Campgrounds


Two Medicine PeaksRising Wolf MountainBison MountainPinchot and StimsonRed MountainMount HelenScenic Point Patrol
Two Medicine LakeAppistoki PeakScenic Point TrailheadAppistoki PeakLower Two Medicine LakeClearing through the brushSinopah and Rockwell
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