Mt Henkel rises directly above and to the north of the main Many Glacier developed area. Not particularly difficult, it is a good early season climb that offers some of the most spectacular views anywhere in Glacier Park. Once on the summit, you can traverse to Apikuni Peak or to Crowfeet Mountain
Mount Henkel is named for an early day settler on Lower St. Mary Lake, locally called "Joe Butch."
South Couloir Route – Class 2 & 3 with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. This is the route described in the Edwards guidebook.
South Ridge Route – Class 2 & 3 with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Starts at the same place as the South Couloir Route, but climbs the ridge the entire way rather than entering the couloir.
Northwest Ridge Route – Class 2 from the notch between Mount Henkel and Crowfeet Mountain. Part of the traverse between the two peaks regardless of the direction in which it is done.
Crowfeet Mountain from Mount Henkel
From the summit of Mount Henkel, it is about one mile to the summit of Apikuni Mountain to the east. There is a short class 4 couloir on the descent to the Henkel – Apikuni saddle. The rest of the route is class 2 & 3. There is about a 1,000 foot elevation gain from the saddle to the summit of Apikuni Mountain.
It is also about one mile to the summit of Crowfeet Mountain to the north. The traverse north is class 2 until the final summit cliffs of Crowfeet are reached. These short cliffs are class 3 or 4 depending on where climbed. There is just over a 1,000 foot elevation gain from the saddle between Mount Henkel and Crowfeet Mountain to the summit of Crowfeet.