Montana Highway 49

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Montana Highway 49

Looking Glass Hill Road
MT 49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length11.734 mi[1] (18.884 km)
Major junctions
South end US 2 at East Glacier Park
North end US 89 at Kiowa
CountryUnited States
Highway system
MT 48 MT 55
Looking Glass Hill Road

Highway 49 (MT 49) in the U.S. state of Montana is a route running in a northerly direction from a junction with U.S. Route 2 in the town of East Glacier Park. The highway extends approximately 12 miles (19 km) to an intersection with U.S. Route 89 at a location known as Kiowa. Highway 49 is near the southeastern corner of Glacier National Park, and is heavily used by tourists during the summer months. A spur road heading west from Montana 49 four miles (6 km) north of East Glacier provides access to the Two Medicine area of the park.[2]

Much of the route is steep, narrow, and winding, and prone to landslides. The northerly eight miles (13 km) of the route, passing over Looking Glass Hill, is unmaintained and usually impassable during the winter months.

Highway 49 was once part of the alignment of U.S. 2, prior to the construction of a highway bridge across Two Medicine Creek, which allowed for a more direct route between East Glacier and Browning.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Glacier County.

East Glacier Park Village0.0000.000 US 2 – Browning, Kalispell
Kiowa11.73418.884 US 89 – Browning, St. Mary
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi



  1. ^ a b "Montana Off System Routes" (GIS data). Montana Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Official 2007-2008 Montana Highway Travel Map (PDF) (Map). Montana Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 31, 2008.