Piegan Mountain was named by James Willard Schultz in 1885 for the Piegan tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Nation.
Piegan Mountain is located east of Logan Pass above the bridge where Lunch Creek flows beneath the Going-to-the-Sun Highway. Piegan is located near Pollock Mountain which is the southern terminus of the Garden Wall. Piegan Mountain stands 9,220 feet above sea level and is 43rd tallest named summit in the Glacier-Waterton National Parks. It is just slightly higher than Pollock Mountain which stands at 9,190 feet. Bishops Cap even further to the north stands at 9,127 feet in elevation.
Although it does not possess the commanding presence of its near by neighbors Piegan Mountain is still a worthy destination for climbers who want to experience an easier climbing day in the Logan Pass Area with much less risk and see some incredible scenery. Possible side trips include Pollock Mountain as well as Bishops Cap. By reaching the summits of these three peaks in one day you will complete what my climbing crew calls “The Trifecta”.
Piegan Glacier sits below the summit on the north face.
Views of Piegan Mountain:
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Description of Photos:
Piegan is the triangular peak in the left foreground. Traveling along the Garden Wall in this photo taken from Mount Gould are The Bishops Cap then to Pollock and finally Piegan Mountain. The sea of peaks in the background include Mount Jackson and Jackson Glacier. These three peaks are what the guys I climb with call the "Trifecta."
Piegan Mountain is the peak on the distant horizon that is on the left. Other peaks seen in this photo include: Pollock, The Bishops Cap, Gould, Grinnell and Wilbur on the right.
This July 2008 photo was taken from the Ptarmigan Tunnel. The lake below is Ptarmigan Lake. It is near this location that the incredible Ptarmigan Tunnel to Ahern Pass route begins as described on pages 163-167 in A Climber's Guide To Glacier National Park.
This photo taken from the saddle between Heavy Runner and Reynolds shows Piegan on the right, followed by Pollock, The Bishops Cap and Gould. The peak in the shadows is Haystack Butte which is reached along the Highline Trail.
This photo shows the area behind Piegan and The Garden Wall. The Piegan Pass Trail can be seen snaking its way up from the Many Glacier Valley on its way to Siyeh Bend. J. Gordon Edwards suggests an alternate route down from Piegan or Pollock of descending to the Piegan Pass Trail near Cararact Mountain from the saddle between the two mountains. Surrounding this valley are Siyeh (not seen in the photo, Matahpi, Going-to-the-Sun and Piegan. By now the reader should be able to recognize Piegan which is the triangular shaped mountain in the right foreground. Pollock and part of the Garden Wall can also be seen. There is also a sea of peaks in the background. This photo was taken from Mount Gould.
Getting There:The crown of the continent is located in northwestern Montana and shares a border with Waterton International Peace Park in Canada. Driving or taking a shuttle up the Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only way to make it to Logan Pass and Piegan Mountain. Typically Logan Pass and Going-to-the-Sun Road opens near the end of June but it can be as early as the middle of June and as late as after July Fourth. The road isn’t open in the winter but you can ski there from St. Mary, Montana on Highway 89.
Click here for Road Information regarding conditions, repairs and delay schedules as well as estimated opening dates.
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Glacier's Shuttle System Information:
The 2010 shuttle system runs from July 1 to September 6, 2010.
Glacier National Park began offering a FREE shuttle service in 2007. This is a great option for exploring the park. The shuttle runs the entire Going-to-the-Sun Highway from St. Mary on the eastern border of Glacier to Apgar, near Lake McDonald, on the park’s western boundary. Some climbs are close enough to the shuttle route and are short enough in time requirements to allow use of the shuttle service. Piegan is one such climb. The earliest shuttle’s depart from Apgar at 7:00 a.m. and generally take 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Logan Pass due to road construction on the Westside of the Logan Pass. Trips from St. Mary are generally less lengthy and take an average of 60 minutes from St. Mary to Logan Pass. The first shuttle departs St. Mary at 7:00 a.m. The last shuttles depart from Logan Pass at 7:00 p.m.
The Park Service recommends being prepared to wait for shuttles with proper clothing, foot gear, water, snacks and other gear such as sun screen.
See the Glacier National Park’s website for more information at Shuttle Service.
For current National Park Entrance Fees: Current Park Information
For all the laws governing Glacier National Park look at the Rules and Regulations. You can find a PDF files here with government discourse about what to not do if you want to return home after your visit.
Climbing for day climbs in Glacier National Park is not required but it is recommended. Backcountry travel regulations can be found at Backcountry Travel. There is also information from the Park Service on Mountain Climbing in Glacier.
As with all hiking and climbing in Glacier National Park use caution and practice good manners with the wildlife. You are in bear country. Carry your bear deterrent spray, don’t hike alone and make some noise. For more information please go to the Park's website for Bear Information. The U.S. Forest Service also has helpful information on Grizzly Bear Management.
An up-to-date guidebook for this route can be found in Climb Glacier National Park, Routes for Beginning and Intermediate Climbers; Volume 1: Logan Pass, The Garden Wall, and Siyeh Bend. Purchase it when you arrive in northwestern Montana or purchase it on-line at Climb Glacier National Park.
There is a climbing route described in J. Gordon Edwards’ A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK for Piegan Mountain. Edwards describes the approach from Lunch Creek on pages 296-297.