Summit Bearhat Mountain

4.3 Miles Round Trip - 2600 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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Escape all of the people and get on top of a prominent peak overlooking the St Mary and Lake McDonald valleys! The summit of Bearhat sits at 8684ft and has grand views of the entire park.

The only easily accessible route on this mountain is the East Face Route. From Logan Pass Visitor Center, take the Hidden Lake trail as far as it goes (to the edge of the lake). There is a fairly obvious goat trail that goes around the perimeter of the lake. Take this until you are lined up with the far east side of Bearhat. Start heading up the scree field that will eventually reach a cliffband. The cliffband can be easily passed on the left of right side. 

This route should be no harder than class 2/3 if followed correctly. There is one large, very obvious rift (easiest seen from below the peak), so make sure you are quite a ways south of this. To reach the summit, you will be scrambling up some typical Glacier Park scree fields with the occasional little cliffs. Take care kicking rocks and keep your balance on the scree-covered ledges.

The true summit of Bearhat is on the North edge, and will mean climbing down 30-40 feet and back up on top of the wide pillar. There are also cairns on the Southwest edge. Either way, you will have views of almost every mountain in the park, other than a few blocked by Mt Jackson and Mt Stimson (the 10,000ft peaks). 

This mountain is not nearly as popular as Mt Reynolds, Mt Oberlin, or many of the other peaks in the valley, so the summit will be all yours! 

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Hiking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Details

4.3 Miles
2600 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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