Climb the Great Northern Mountain

Montana Great Northern Mountain Trailhead

Added by Noah Couser

Not the most technical climb/ hike but well worth it with the views at the top of Glacier NP, Mount Grant and the Stanton Glacier. You'll be hiking along the spine of mountain, so exercise caution but enjoy the hike.

From Columbia Falls, head East on U.S. Highway 2 past the town of Hungry Horse and turn right to Martin City. Keep driving along the East side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir until the pavement ends (roughly 2miles), then continue 13 more miles until a sign for “Spotted Bear 39” and “Firefighter L.O. 4” appear. You will then make a sharp left turn and continue a half-mile to the trailhead at the end of the road (parking is available before and after the bridge).

There can be fallen trees on the trail but it's fairly easy to follow with not a ton of switchbacks, but mainly just straight-ahead climbing/ hiking. If there is snow, the spine can be a bit slow going and it can be windy, so plan accordingly with layers and gear. The view is amazing and well worth the climb, so bring a camera and enjoy a mini-picnic up at the top before you start back down the same way.

Pack List

  • Hiking clothes
  • Trekking Poles
  • Snacks/ lunch
  • Water (filter if you want to melt snow)
  • Bear Spray
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses/ sunblock
  • Hat
  • Layers
  • Map
  • Camera


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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

12 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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4 months ago

Strenuous but worth it!

This hike is so worth the views presented at the top. Highly recommended for everyone in the area, but it takes time and quite a bit of effort.

4 months ago

Added by Noah Couser

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

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