Bishops Cap

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Montana, United States, North America
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Bishops Cap
Created On: Dec 9, 2003
Last Edited On: Jun 19, 2011
Bishops Cap from Logan Pass.Bishops Cap from Logan Pass (south).
Going-to-the-Sun Highway is in the foreground.
The Highland Trail can be seen rising diagonally above it from the lower right.

View north from Reynolds Mountain<br> across Logan Pass.Setting - above Logan Pass
Bishops Cap second from left.

The view east from Cannon.From the west.
Bishops Cap far left.


Bishops Cap from the south.From the south
on the Garden Wall.

Bishops Cap is located north of Logan Pass along the Garden Wall between Mount Gould and Pollock Mountain in Glacier National Park. The peak gets its name from the fact that when viewed from Logan Pass it has the appearance of a Bishop's Cap. The name is spelled without an apostrophe.

Even though it is well known in the Park and a named summit over 9,000 feet on the USGS topographic map, Bishops Cap is not included in A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, or in CLIMBERS GUIDE TO MONTANA. In fact, neither of these guidebooks even mentions the peak..

There is only one established route on Bishops Cap (West Ridge) and the climbing history of the peak seems to be unknown. I have not been able to find any references to a first ascent.

Views from Bishops Cap

View looking north easterly...North to Mount Gould.
This shot of Mount Oberlin...SW to Logan Pass and beyond.
Reynolds Mountain rising above the cloudsS on a strange weather day.

Getting There

The Garden WallFrom the east.

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.

Current Road Status

A map of the Logan Pass area: Logan Pass Area Map

The climbing route on Bishops Cap can be approached either via the Highline Trail from Logan Pass or from the summit of Pollock Mountain via its north ridge and a traverse along the top of the Garden Wall.

Climbing on Bishops Cap

Bishops Cap West RidgeHigh above GTS Road.
On the West Ridge.


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:

GNP Rock & Grading Systems

See the attached West Ridge Route Page for details and more photos of this climb.

Red Tape

Current Entrance Fees

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.

When To Climb

Fred and Vern descending the...Chimney on West Ridge.

June, July, August, September, and even into October depending on the amount of snow and the road closures.


There 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 Conditions

Weather Page an overview with a link to the local forecast.

Webcam Page

External Links

Logan Pass Photo Gallery
National Park Service page showing pictures from the Logan Pass area

Glacier National Park Homepage

Glacier Mountaineering Society

Non-government Glacier National Park Information

Bishops Cap

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