Climb the Great Northern Mountain
Montana › Great Northern Mountain Trailhead
Added by Bo Baumgartner
- Distance: 12 miles roundtrip
- Incredible hiking/scrambling along the rocky spine
- Amazing views from the top
Part of the Flathead Range, this hike/climb in non-technical, but it is relentlessly steep from start to finish.
Finding the trailhead can be tricky. From the village of Hungry Horse, turn on FR 38. After about 15 miles, sharp left on 1048. After 1/2 mile you will find parking on the side of the road immediately after crossing Hungry Horse Creek. Look for the trailhead upstream on the left.
The trail rises steeply from the north side of the creek past tree line to the northwest ridge of Great Northern. The trail grows faint as you approach the summit, but there are cairns along the way. Be very careful on the ridge, as it is very exposed in places. As usual, the views from the top make it all worthwhile. You can see into Glacier National Park as well as Mt. Grant and Stanton Glacier.
- Day pack
- Bear spray
- Trekking poles
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