Pollock Mountain is the most southerly summit along the Garden Wall just north of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. The main upper part of the mountain is not visible from Logan Pass because the view is blocked by its long south ridge with high points 8325 and 8185. The impressive buttress at the end of this ridge stands above the visitor's center at the pass and is frequently photographed and labeled as Pollock Mountain giving a quite unrealistic sense of what the peak is really like.
Pollock Mountain was named for W. C. Pollock, a member of the Indian Commission appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to buy the strip of land along the eastern side of the Rockies from the Blackfeet.
The peak is easily climbed via class 3 routes on the south and north sides and is an excellent viewpoint of the Logan Pass area and peaks to the north and east. The first ascent is unknown.
Views from Pollock Mountain
Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana. Going-to-the-Sun Road is the main scenic route through the Park and the way to Logan Pass and Reynolds Mountain. It is not kept open during the winter. Closing in the fall and opening in the spring depends on snow depth and conditions. Opening can be as late as July.
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Registration for day climbs in Glacier National Park is recommended, but not mandatory.
Outdoor Activity Page Includes links to boating, bicycling, fishing, etc. and the regulations applying to each.
Routes OverviewGUIDEBOOK: A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK; J. Gordon Edwards
Because of the nature of the rock, there are special considerations regarding climbing in Glacier National Park, and grading systems unique to the Park have been developed. Please see this Fact Sheet for further details:
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A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK describes just two routes on Pollock Mountain, both on the south and southeast side of the mountain. These are both approached via Lunch Creek (the first creek east of Logan Pass) and the saddle between Pollock Mountain and Piegan Mountain. This saddle can also be reached from Piegan Pass to the northeast, but this is a longer option.
Southeast Couloir Route, class 3. This couloir is located just north of the southeast most corner of the upper cliff band on the mountain. Early in the season on normal snow years, it will be filled with snow and ice. Later in the year, it is a class 3 scree scramble.
Great Cleft Route, class 3. This is an interesting route on the south side of the mountain which at one point involves climbing a narrow chimney less than three feet wide for some 40 to 45 feet. Edwards states that no rope is needed and the remainder of the route is easy ledges and scrambling. See the route page for more photos and a detailed description.
North Ridge, class 2 & 3. This route is not included in the guidebook. The ridge is reached from the top of the Garden Wall on the north side of the peak. Climbing is easiest to the west of and below the crest of the ridge.
Traverse Options There are several very nice options for spending a day high on the Garden Wall while traversing two or three summits with spectacular views. All involve crossing over Pollock Mountain.
1) Bishops Cap - Pollock Mountain - Piegan Mountain. Going in this direction it is possible to do the three peaks without retracing any ground. Take a northerly approach to Bishops Cap from the Highland Trail, climb Bishops Cap then traverse along the top of the Garden Wall and ascend the North Ridge of Pollock. Descend Pollock via the Southeast Couolir or Great Cleft then scramble up the NE ridge of Piegan Mountain (class 2). Descend the broad south slope of Piegan (being careful to stay east of the cliffs at the bottom) to Lunch Creek and back to the GTS Highway. Photo ...Another possible descent from Piegan is to go from the saddle between Piegan & Pollock north to the Piegan Pass Trail and follow it down to Siyeh Bend.
2) Reverse the route above, but return to the notch in the Garden Wall at the base of the North Ridge of Pollock and descend via the main drainage. This is much faster and safer.
3) Leave out Piegan Mountain and just do Bishops Cap & Pollock from either direction.
When To Climb[img:69275:alignright:small:Exiting the
June, July, August, September, and even into October depending on the amount of snow and the road closures.
CampingThere is no camping at Logan Pass.
There are numerous campgrounds available within Glacier National Park:
Backcountry Camping Page Includes trail status reports, campground availability, daily backcountry bulletins, and a backcountry blog.
Car Camping Page
There are also many campgrounds just outside the Park on both the west and east sides.
Camping on the Blackfeet Reservation is restricted to established campgrounds only.
Mountain ConditionsWeather Page an overview with a link to the local forecast.
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