BITCH OF A HIKE STARTING AT HUNGRY HORSE. Apparently you can start on the Middle Fork of the Flathead. Not much tree cover, and straight up the side of the mountain. Sweet hike nevertheless.
Finally got around to climbing this one after staring at if from other peaks numerous times over the last decade. Even better than I thought it might be - I'd come back and climb it again some time.
Made it to the top amongst threatening clouds, didn't rain until we got back to the car. Fun day climb
Maybe 100 steps in the snow, otherwise melted out.
Sweet, windy hike along the ridge on a sunny afternoon. Weather held. Tiring day.
Went the standard route. Got a little low and off the main trail before the summit and had to scramble up some of the loose stuff, which made the climb a little more interesting and fun.
5/23/18 with Ryan Stadheim
Lots of fun maneuvering the snow and ice on the summit ridge. Ice axe and crampons made the summit possible.
7/28/17 w/Emily Hall
Summited and made it to work on time at 2pm
Quick and steep, with an epic ridge walk to the summit
Would love to come back and do it again in winter conditions
Camped a half mile from the trailhead, got an early start and was the first of several parties going up the mountain. Some low clouds obscured the higher peaks in Glacier but made for a neat view down the Middle Fork.
Been on my bucket list of peaks for a while and finally did it. The ridge line walk was AMAZING, probly the longest and coolest I've seen yet. Have to say the views from the ridge on the way up were somehow cooler than from the peak- don't know how that works.Took us four hours to get to the top.
My good friend Ben and I decided to give Great Northern a go after looking at Vernon's pictures and description. That fellow sure could paint a picture when it came to describing mountains. Anyhow, we had a steady 20 mph wind during the steep, tree-covered first mile and a half. After gaining the high ridge trail, we had gusts over 40 mph! It made for an interesting knife-edge walk. About 15 minutes before the summit, the weather hit hard. We waited about half an hour through a zero-visibility storm with some groppel added in for good measure. We were happy to have brought our GoreTex, even if it was July. The descent was casual and we came across plenty of hucks, which always keep one in good spirits!
Great way to spend the 4th, hot, windy, and the hucks were ripe between 5-6000 feet. Standard route, two other parties on the trail, lots of room up there. Megan, Annell, and the old man in our Independence Day celebration.
Climbed with a GMS group. Windy and cold, but a good time was had.
avoided the normal route on the way up because 1/2 feet of unconsolidated snow made the exposed ridge seem risky. ended up traversing the entire west face until directly below the summit. this traverse included one bouldery 4th class move, and one 40 foot pitch of 80 deg. consolidated snow capped by a little cornice. it ended up being really fun! climbed the normal route down...way easier. beautiful inversion above the reservoir for most of the day too
2nd climb of this peak and I'll do it again. Great day for a climb. Had to climb over a little snow but nothing too sketchy. Did have the bejesus scared out of me by a close call with a large and very heavy boulder that decided to slide a flip with just a touch. Luckily I must have a guardian angel who was watching because it flipped away from me. Watch out for the rotten rock and loose scree of all sizes. The upper ridge is not a good place to get in trouble.
Blue bird day with Nate Muhn and Leslie Riser
Climbed it in late September. The vegetation in fall colors was stunning. Lots of prescribed burns in the area so much of the view of the park was obscured. Found the steep! (2000 ft in 1.25 miles) but lovely trail to the ridge. Catch it where Hungry Horse Creek crosses the road between Dudley and Lost Mare Creek.
Camped with Noelle by the creek in Dudley Bowl, then ascended the next day up the NW ridge, then down-climbed the cliffs on the right side of the bowl. Bugs were rough by the creek.
first peak I climbed, when I moved to Montana,1997!!! Climbed several times after.
Climb this one every year. The first mile and a half are brutal, but the views the rest of the way up make up for all the hard work. With all the snowpack remaining this year it's going to be a late one this year.