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Climb Mount Gould

West Glacier, Montana

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Details

Distance

7.48 miles

Elevation Gain

3573 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Noah Couser

Climb to the highest point on the Garden Wall. Take in the view and snap a picture-- you'll never forget it.

The climb to the summit of Mount Gould begins at the "Big Bend" on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway in Glacier National Park. Park at the Big Bend, and begin climbing on the climbers trail that leaves from the East side of the road. The route is roughly 3 miles each way, and climbs over 3,500 vertical feet.

Climb steeply up to the intersect with the Highline Trail, and take a left. Ascend to the saddle of Haystack Butte and turn to the East to face your nemesis. This face of rock looks intimidating, but can be climbed all the way to the summit. Class 3 all the way if proper route is chosen, scrambling up over rock shelves, zig-zagging up the face.

For a more detailed route description see here: summitpost.org and pick up a copy of the Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park for a step by step guide to nearly every peak in the park.

Be sure to watch the weather as it can change quickly, watch your footing, and mark your trail with cairns to safely return down. This exhilarating climb is inspiring, difficult, and challenging, but the views are well worth it.

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Great views of lake McDonald and the many glacier valley

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