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Standard Peak

Standard Peak

Standard Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.54194°N / 114.24611°W

Object Title: Standard Peak

County: Flathead

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7196 ft / 2193 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Oct 16, 2012 / Oct 16, 2012

Object ID: 820394

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Standard Peak is located in the southeastern portion of NW Montana's Whitefish Range. It's unique location, one of only three named peaks in this portion of the range, make for some dandy views of several of NW Montana's surrounding mountain ranges.

The Swans are visible immediately to the SE. Farther to the SE, the wild and rugged Flathead Range can also be seen. Directly to the south, the Flathead Valley opens up wide, until meeting the beautiful Salish Mountains along the SW horizon. Western and northwestern views are dominated by the scenic and un-tamed Whitefish Range. Last, but certainly not least, the Apgar Mountains and the rest of Glacier National Park are visible to the east and NE.

Unfortunately, on this day, wildfire smoke from Idaho, Montana and Washington obliterated all the long-range views.

Getting There

Standard Peak
Un-marked TH
Standard Peak
Closest parking for 1
From Whitefish drive approximately 9.5 miles east on Hwy 40/Hwy 2 to Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls. Turn left on Nucleus which, in turn, becomes the Northfork Road. Drive up this road for 13.6 miles until reaching FS Road #803 (McGinnis Creek Rd) and turn left. Most of the way up, the Northfork road is pavement, but you will hit dirt/gravel before the turn-off, beware, this portion of the road is usually in horrible condition. Drive up FS Road #803 for approximately 7.8 miles to the "TH". You will more than likely pass up the trail, as it angles in to the road from the direction in which you are coming. FS Road #803 dead-ends after passing the trail, turn around and drive slowly back the way you came and you should be able to spot the trail heading up and off to the right. Parking is limited, the closer you get to the trail, but there is an area for stock unloading, before the dead-end, which is a little larger area for parking.

Route Information

Standard Peak
Hiking on #270
Standard Peak
Hiking through the old burn

Trail #270, aka the Smoky Range National Recreation Trail, begins on the NE side of Point 6331 and travels in a southwesterly direction for over 9 miles to just NE of the Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain.

The initial section of the hike is up and through an old burn. The first view of Standard (pictured below) is gained at just about the same place as Trail #565 comes up and intersects from the SE.

Standard Peak
Hard left here
Standard Peak
Trail continuation

Continue along #270 until reaching a point where it looks like the trail disappears...make a hard left here and the trail is visible again as it loses some elevation down the hillside.

The trail continues through a forested pocket before reaching a talus-covered connecting ridge between Point 6893 and a point to the NE. On a clear day this ridge would've granted nice views of the Whitefish Range to the NW. The trail disappears in the talus but the route is marked with several large trail cairns.

The trail curves below the summit of Point 6893 in a southwesterly direction and heads toward Standard Peak. The trail actually passes fairly close to the summit of Standard on the NW side, we discovered this on the descent, but we opted to head directly up the ridge, off-trail, to the summit. It was easy to decide where to leave the trail...pictured below.


Standard Peak
JFKitty on the ridge
Standard Peak
Looking down into the basin
Standard Peak
Looking down the route

In days gone by, the summit, pictured below, housed a lookout. This was an excellent choice for a lookout, as mentioned earlier, on a clear day, one would be able to view four of NW Montana's mountain ranges plus Glacier National Park.


Standard Peak
From near the summit
Standard Peak
Farther down the ridge
Standard Peak
Trail cairn on way back

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Trail #2702.91638'
Ridge to Summit.31267'

Summit Views

Camping and RedTape

Standard Peak is located in the Flathead National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. We did see bear sign on this hike, and the Whitefish Range is chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.

Bear Stuff

There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Flathead National Forest is helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and sometimes August. No ticks were seen on this hike.

The closest official campground is at Big Creek.

Parting Shot