Excellent details on a great route, and very nicely written. The Overview definitely grabs your attention. I wish I had done this route now last summer when i was out on Dragon's Tail. Awesome contribution-- thanks for adding this.
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.
...you say regarding the beauty of the area! We pretty much took the route you describe in climbing Gunsight Mountain, except we didn't descend into the basin, but circled around—staying relatively high—to the east, then skirting the "toe" of Sperry Glacier before finally ascending Gunsight proper. From Logan Pass to Floral Park to Gunsight, then the descent to Comeau Pass (still large snowfields when we did it August 1st, 2006), and on to Sperry Chalet, were wonderful and memorable. But the last six miles, from Sperry Chalet to Lake McDonald I hope never to do again!!! Talk about down, down, down, with no relief...!
Nice page, glad to see it!
you beat me to it! very happy to see this amazing part of the park represented so well. great photos and route description. thanks!
looks like heaven on earth, what a fantastic area
An axe is necessary for the glacier as are crampons. The toe of the glacier was pretty steep in Sept 09 and if one walked on that and lost it, it would be a hard ride into the debris below the toe.
If you lose visibility on this trip you need to have good nav skills -- in a whiteout it is a real challenge. I've done this trip 3 times and one was in a whiteout -- when the weather goes south in the Sperry Basin, it goes south fast and the choices are either hunker down and wait it out or know your nav skills.
What are the objective dangers to do this hike in winter (assuming the proper gear and longer expected time on the trail)? Is there avalanche danger along this course? Does anyone has GPX for this track?