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Mount Gibralter (MT)

Mount Gibralter (MT)

Mount Gibralter (MT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.88269°N / 114.85116°W

Object Title: Mount Gibralter (MT)

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7131 ft / 2174 m


Page By: The Levitator

Created/Edited: Sep 5, 2010 / Sep 5, 2010

Object ID: 657670

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Overview of Mount Gibralter

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Krag, Krinklehorn and Deep
Krag Peak, Krinklehorn Peak and Deep Mountain from Mt. Gibralter


1. Overview of Mount Gibralter

2. Getting There

3. Red Tape

4. Route Information

5. When To Climb and Weather

6. Camping and Gear

Gibralter Views
Long Knife Peak (center) is one view that will not escape your eye!

Small pond in the trail
Small pond on the trail in June

Mount Gibralter stands 7,131 feet and lies in Montana's and British Columbia's Whitefish Range. It is part of the 8 mile long Gibralter Ridge, but not the highest point. The ridge stretches all the way to Mount Barnaby and Therriault Pass.

Summit views include Independence Peak, Ksanka Peak, Green Mountain, Mt. Barnaby, Poorman Mountain, St. Clair Peak and Stahl Peak to the northwest.

To the northeast are Tuchuck Mountain the prodigious Long Knife Peak, Kinnerly Peak, Mount Kintla in Glacier National Park and Canada. Peaks in Canada include Commerce Peak, Kenow Mountain, Miskwasini Peak, Starvation Peak, King Edward Peak.

To the south is Krag Peak, Krinklehorn Peak, Deep Mountain and Mount Marston.

Getting There

Cat Creek Trailhead Sign
Cat Creek Trailhead Sign. Good target practice for the locals.

Beginning of the trail
Beginning of the trail

To access Mount Gibralter's Cat Creek trailhead drive 43 miles north of Whitefish on Highway 93 until reaching Grave Creek. Turn right onto Grave Creek Road.

From the Grave Creek turnoff it is 9 miles to the Cat Creek trailhead. Look for a sign to the left that says Cat Creek TR. NO. 333. Use the pullout to the right for parking.

Please note the photo above is taken from behind the sign.

Red Tape

Canadian Peaks
Tuchuck Mountain and Canadian Peaks

As with all hiking and climbing in Northwestern Montana use caution and practice good manners with the wildlife.

You are in bear and mountain lion country. Carry your bear deterrent, don’t hike alone and make lots of noise.

For more information on bears and mountains lions visit these websites.

Mountain Lions

Route Information

The trail starts out just right of Cat Creek on Mount Scotty a shorter peak next to Gibralter. The first part of the trail switches back several times gaining lots of elevation, then after the last one it heads west towards the Gibralter Ridge.

From the Cat Creek trailhead it is 4.77 miles to the intersection where Cat Creek Trail NO. 333 meets with the Gibralter Ridge Trail NO. 335 which is much longer.

Snow on the trail
Snow on the trail in June
Cat Creek with snow
Cat Creek with snow
Cat Creek
Cat Creek

After crossing the creek continue up the trail to where you will come to an open meadow. From there the trail starts gaining a lot of elevation again, but it pretty much does the whole way up.

The trail curves right heading north towards the intersection. Once you reach the intersection. The sign like most signs in the Whitefish Range is facing the wrong way, but the intersection is obvious.

Sign at the intersection
Sign at the intersection
Gibralter Ridge TR. NO. 335
Gibralter Ridge Trail
Beginning of Bushwhack
Beginning of the bushwhack

Take the Gibralter Ridge Trail for .75 miles until reaching the northwest corner of the mountain. The trail will start to open up with scree. Begin the bushwhack right before the scree where there is still some vegetation.

The Bushwhack:

From the northwest corner to the summit it is a .10 mile. Once you're above the scree you still won't be able to see the summit. The top is a bare spot, but trees conceal the area around it. Go through the trees to wherever the way is clear just be sure you're still going up.

Bushwhack #2
Where is the summit?
Bushwack #3
Nearing the last trees
Bushwack #4
Summit through the last trees

To reach the summit you will have to fight through the last bit of trees that block it. After getting through them the summit is a small open grassy hill covered with wood, nails and two benchmarks. Remember that the summit is not the highest point on the Gibralter Ridge so if you see a higher point do not be disappointed. Round trip is approximately 11.18 miles with an elevation gain of 3,671 feet.

The Summit:

Mt. Gibralter Summit
The summit
Mt. Gibralter Benchmark #1
Mt. Gibralter Benchmark #1
Mt. Gibralter Benchmark #2
Mt. Gibralter Benchmark #2

When To Climb and Weather

Mount Gibralter can be done in summer and fall. Spring is also possible by snowshoeing to the summit, but be warned traveling on Grave Creek Road can be dangerous. The road is two lanes for approximately 3 miles then becomes a one lane paved road with pullouts so meeting another car especially in snow is unsafe. Traveling in winter is not recommended.

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Camping and Gear

Stahl Peak and Lookout
Stahl Peak Lookout

Whitefish Range Peaks
Whitefish Range Peaks

The closest campgrounds are Grave Creek Campground, Big Therriault Lake and Little Therriault Lake campgrounds.

Essential gear includes: bear deterrent spray, sturdy footwear, lots of water, insect repellent, trekking poles and a camera.