My first backpacking trip was in Glacier National Park in 1971. I was a novice at the time but the trip taught me a lot about the glories of the Northern Rockies. I finally returned to the Park in 1995. We were hosted by Scott and Karin Bates in Whitefish (MT), a resort town similar to Ketchum (ID). 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’s Guide To Glacier National Park” by J. Gordon Edwards (1984) for route information. The most recent edition of the book was published in 1995. More recently (in 2011), Blake Passmore authored a superb 3-volume series entitled “Climb Glacier National Park.” I recommend using a guidebook as the routes are often steep, cross narrow ledges and climb through cliff bands. You need to find the correct spot to climb the cliff bands and the aforementioned guidebooks will help you get it done.There are a lot of challenging peaks in Glacier National 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 4 peaks from the Logan Pass area.
September 11, 1995. Pollock Mountain (9,211 feet) via the East Couloir (Class 3). Piegan Mountain (9,230 feet) via its West Slopes. Both peaks are accessed from the Going-to-the-Sun Highway east of Logan Pass.
September 12. Mount Reynolds (9,125 feet) via the Southwest Face which is accessed from Logan Pass and the Hidden Lake Trail. Class 3.
September 13. Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet and the Loop on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway with a side trip to Swiftcurrent Mountain (8,436 feet) via the trial.
September 14. Crowfeet Mountain (8,914 feet) via the North Ridge and West Face from Ptarmigan Tunnel. The summit tower is Class 3.
Below are a few other peaks worth considering if you visit Glacier National Park.
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