Introducing The Mountain
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 from Bison Mountain
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.
Appistoki Peak from the 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
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
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.
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.
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.
continue a mile and 500 feet down to the summit of The Head
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|Scenic Point Trail||4.46||2106'||Off Trail||2.79||836'||Total||7.25||2942'|
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.
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