OverviewAt 8,580’ elevation, the High Point of the Dragon’s Tail is considerably lower than most of its nearby neighbors. However, it is an interesting and challenging climb as you will find if you fail to hit the correct route your first attempt. It can be climbed in 4 – 5 hours from the Logan Pass visitor center and provides some unusual perspectives of many more well known peaks surrounding it. Viewed from above (Mt Reynolds) it is easy to see where it got it’s name as it is an undulating ridgeline that makes up part of the Continental Divide.
Getting ThereGlacier National Park is located in the NW part of the state and extends up to the Canadian border which it shares with Waterton National Park of Canada. The nearest airport is Kalispell. Amtrac stations are in Whitefish, W Glacier and E Glacier. Depending on your travel plans, it may be worthwhile to fly to Spokane, WA and pick up a rental vehicle. Some rentals there may be more user friendly on multiple state use and mileage allowances as well as price.
Dragon’s Tail is located in the Logan Pass area of the park which sits near the middle of the Going to the Sun Road atop the Continental Divide. You can access the Going to the Sun Road at the park entrances at West Glacier or at St Mary and from either location you head toward the opposite end of the road until reaching the Logan Pass.
Red TapeRegistration for day climbs in Glacier National Park is recommended, but not mandatory.
National Park entrance fees apply in Glacier National Park. See Entrance Fees
CampingThere are many camping sites available at Glacier Park; backcountry, as well as car camping. Due to the large number of grizzly and even larger number of black bears who inhabit the area, there are strict guidelines for storage of food. Most of the backcountry campgrounds have facilities for hanging your food from cables or bear proof poles, but you need adequate lines to hoist your packs, etc 15 or 20 feet off the ground. If you are seeking an “undesignated area” camping permit, the rangers may require you to use a bear barrel to protect your food. When we backpacked in to Buffalo Woman Lake, they loaned us a bear barrel since they did not think we could find adequate tree limbs for hanging our food, etc. Hanging your packs is a good idea, since I have seen damaged packs from chewing by rodents. The GNP rangers require you to view an informational video annually before you can purchase your first backcountry permit.
GNP Campground Status and Info
Backcountry Camping Info
Backcountry Camping Sites
External LinksGuidebook: A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park
Trail guide: Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks
Glacier Mountaineers Society
Start at the Logan Pass Visitor Center and hike up the trail to the Hidden Lake Overlook for more than a mile to where the trail hits a grassy
So, the correct route drops down on the southeast side of the saddle
From the base of the couloir be careful to mark your start so you can find the correct ledge upon return!
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