Bearhead Mountain

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Montana, United States, North America
County:
Glacier
Activities:
Scrambling
Season:
Summer
Elevation:
8406 ft / 2562 m
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Bearhead Mountain
Created On: Feb 23, 2016
Last Edited On: Apr 14, 2016

Overview


Bearhead Mountain, while often overlooked, offers great views into the convergence of the Firebrand Pass and Two Medicine Areas. It is often achieved as part of the DeSanto Pass traverse from Firebrand Pass to Two Medicine.
Spur of Bearhead
Spur of Bearhead Mountain from Firebrand Pass Trail


Getting There

Lubec Lake views
Lubec Lake Trailhead by FlatheadNative

Firebrand To Desanto Pass:

The Lubec Lake trailhead is located between East Glacier and Marias Pass along US Highway 2 by mile marker #203. Follow signs to firebrand pass to access off-trail routes


Two Medicine Route: 

Use the Scenic Point Trailhead in Two Medicine.

Route

Firebrand To Desanto Pass Class II (3)

Follow the Firebrand Pass trail to Firebrand Pass. After climbing Red Crow Mountian, drop down to the saddle above Lena Lake and follow a goat trail to Desanto Pass. Ascend the ridge to the summit. 
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Return Route

Lena Lake

After returning to the saddle between Red Crow and Bearhead, it is possible to drop down to Lena Lake. A rewarding trip around the lake will reveal a hard-to-find game trail that will lead back to the Firebrand Pass trail. The downloadable .gpx file featured in this page's description shows our Glacier Mountaineering Society route from Lena Lake back to the Firebrand Trail.


Summit Views

Panorama from Bearhead
Bearhead Pano


When to Climb

March Through September is normal summer season. 
Check NPS's Current Conditions link or Webcams link for an idea on the status of climbing in the park.
July 4th, Bearhead Mountain
July 4th, Bearhead Mountain

Camping

Car Camping 
Backcountry sites can be accesed through the NPS Backcountry Camping Page.

External Links

Climb Glacier National Park Vol. 2 features detailed route descriptions for Bearhead.
Current Conditions 
Glacier Mountaineering Society for a climbing community and scheduled climbs.