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Climb Pollock Mountain and Bishop's Cap

Browning, Montana

Details

Distance

8 miles

Elevation Gain

4300 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Gavin Pirrie

A worthwhile climb in Glacier National Park with expansive views.

Starting at Logan Pass, drive 0.8 mi. east to Lunch Creek parking area. Parking during the summer at Glacier National Park is often difficult. Plan on arriving at the parking lot before 8 am to guarantee a parking spot. From Lunch Creek, follow the well established trail north until cliffs are reached to the south of Pollock Mountain. Ascend the cliffs carefully to the saddle of Pollock Mountain and Piegan Mountain. Traverse the ridge below (south of) Pollock Mountain to the north west and ascend "The Great Cleft." "The Great Cleft" is about 2/3 the way across the face of Pollock Mountain from the saddle. Be sure to wear helmets on this section, as falling rock is a hazard. Cairns mark the route up "The Great Cleft." After "The Great Cleft," ascend to the summit of Pollock Mountain.

From the summit of Pollock Mountain, follow the established trail north and descend to the saddle between Bishop's Cap and Pollock Mountain. The route to the summit of Bishop's Cap is well marked with cairns. Helmets should be utilized at the base of Bishop's Cap as well. If needed, drop packs at the crux of Bishop's Cap.

To descend, descend from Bishop's Cap to the saddle between Pollock Mountain and Bishop's Cap. At the lowest point of the saddle, there is a scree field that runs down the mountain. Take this scree field to the Highline Trail. Follow the Highline Trail south to the parking lot at Logan Pass and continue to Lunch Creek. 

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Features

Rock Climbing
Hiking
Easy Parking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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