My first backpacking trip was in Glacier National Park in 1971. I really was a novice at the time but the trip taught me a lot about glories of the northern Rocky Mountains. I finally returned to the Park in 1995. We were hosted by Scott an Karin Bates in Whitefish, Montana, a resort town similar to Ketchum, Idaho. We hiked to the top of Big Mountain on our first day. Big Mountain is a downhill ski hill. It is a long way to the top but the resort’s gondola was operating and we rode it down.
We used A Climber Guide To Glacier National Park by J. Gordon Edwards, 1984, for route information. I’m not sure if there is a newer edition but the 1984 edition is a great resource. I recommend using a guidebook as the routes are often steep and cross narrow ledges and climb through cliff bands. You need to find the correct spot to climb the cliff bands and the guidebook will help you get it done.
There are a lot of challenging peaks in the Park. The Park is characterized by deep valleys and steep peaks. The best, high access is from the Going to the Sun Highway at Logan Pass. We climbed four peaks starting at or near Logan Pass.
9/11/1995. Pollock Mountain, 9,211 feet, via E Coulior, Class 3. Piegam Mountain 9,230 #17-95 via W slopes. Both peaks accessed from the Going to the Sun Highway E of Logan Pass.
9/12. Mount Reynolds 9,125 feet, via SW face route which was accessed from Logan Pass and the Hidden Lake trail. Clas 3.
9/13. Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet and the Loop on the Going to the Sun Highway with a side trip to Swiftcurrent I Mountain 8,436 feet,via the trial.
9/14. Crowfeet Mountain 8,914 feet, via N ridge and W face from Ptarmigan Tunnel. Class 3 summit tower.
Below are a few other peaks worth considering if you visit the park.