Gunsight Mountain (MT) Climber's Log

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distressbark - Jan 9, 2020 12:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2019

Sperry TH Out/Back  Sucess!

Started at the Sperry Trailhead at Lake McDonald Lodge. Long, tiring slog uphill through the recent burn of the 2017 Sprague Fire. I'd been on this trail many times previously and hiking through the burned forest afforded a unique experience with new views of the surrounding mountainsides.

Followed the trail to Sperry Glacier. I ran into over a dozen mountain goats near Feather Woman lake. They were blocking the trail and I was waiting for them to move when two large adults (both of which had tracking colors and were marked with spots of paint) began sparring with one another! Needless to say, I detoured around the lake and regained the trail to Comeau Pass.

From the pass, I took the standard route up to the saddle between Gunsight Mountain summit and the false eastern summit. There was one medium angle snow crossing that I had to negotiate before slogging up the loose talus slopes and broken cliffs.

Astounding views. Truly one of the best summit views I've had in all of GNP. I was particularly mesmerized by the views of the entire Livingston Range, Lake Ellen Wilson, and Sperry Glacier Basin.

More or less retraced my off-trail route down to the maintained trail and stomped downhill to my car. Stopped for a well-deserved dip in Akaiyan Lake along the way back.


ToTheHeights - Aug 2, 2018 4:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2018

Gunsight/Edwards  Sucess!

07/24/18 with Ethan Meide and Ryan Stadheim

Approach via Sperry Trail and West Ridge of Edwards Mountain. Ascended both summits via standard route. Always an epic time in the Sperry Glacier Basin!


GlacierDan - Apr 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Gunsight  Sucess!

2008 and 2009 as an add on to the Floral Park traverse


awhite28 - Dec 17, 2012 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009


Climbed on the Floral Park traverse. INCREDIBLE views.


TwaMontana - Sep 7, 2011 9:34 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

Gunsight Mtn  Sucess!

With GMS, was planning on doing Edwards afterwards but everyone was tired. Guess 22miles and 6000ft is enough for one day.

mtn ear

mtn ear - Jul 26, 2011 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

Snow Climb  Sucess!

After ascending Edwards, my son Frank and I descended to Comeau Pass then up the snow slopes on north side of mountain. HUGE cornice on summit. Much easier climb than Edwards.


GNPgumpy - Apr 25, 2011 3:32 pm

Gunsight Mtn  Sucess!

2010 Oct 2 with GMS


EarMountain - May 25, 2010 4:05 pm

Gnsight Mountain  Sucess!

2001 - with GMS


pyerger - Jul 28, 2009 2:44 pm

gunsight mt.  Sucess!

Climbed from Mcdonald lake, to Como pass.


FlatheadJim - Jul 4, 2009 12:11 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

NE Slope Snow Climb  Sucess!

Staying at Sperry makes this far more enjoyable. Alpine start due to stuff moving on Sperry Glacier the day before, which thwarted our attempt to climb it via the glacier.

Climbed with newcomer who had never done steep snow before, so pitched it out and put her on belay all the way up. Nice glissade down from summitt almost all the way back to Comeau Pass. Rock n roll :))


bfrench - Apr 21, 2009 11:43 pm

Gunsight  Sucess!

Climbed a few times. Great summit.


FlatheadNative - Mar 6, 2008 1:36 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

Route climbed: North East Slope  Sucess!

By far the best approach to a climb I have ever hiked. Comeau Pass is incredible!


jimegan - Feb 6, 2008 12:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1994





Saintgrizzly - Aug 4, 2006 2:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2006

Logan Pass to Hidden Lakes to Floral Park to Sperry Glacier to NE Slope  Sucess!

This is one of the great ones! A very, very enjoyable ascent taking us from Logan Pass to Hidden Lakes, over the southeast ridge running out of Bearhat Mtn, down into the aptly-named Floral Park, up another ridge, then circumventing the "toe" of Sperry Glacier, then finally ascending the mountain itself. Almost none of the notorious Glacier N.P. scree and loose talus, and then the summit...! Even for a part of the Northern Rockies known for great vistas, this mountain is special! Absolutely amazing! GNP rocks!

Climbed with a small contingent of GMS folk (five of us)--21-mile, 13-hour day, ending with a rather grueling (understatement, that) 9-mile descent down (constantly down!) 6,000+ feet from the summit to Comeau Pass, past the Sperry Chalet, then on to Lake McDonald. Very tired at the end, but what a great, terrific day!


velodurt - Aug 31, 2005 8:51 pm

Route Climbed: Gunsight Pass/Sperry Glacier Date Climbed: July 19,2003

Gunsight is one of the most beautiful places in Glacier National Park. Enjoyed a climb to Sperry Glacier and a stay at Sperry Chalet. Outstanding scenery! Natural Born Hikers


Moni - Aug 14, 2004 11:57 am

Route Climbed: NE Slope Date Climbed: 6 July 1979  Sucess!

With Fred Spicker. We did Edwards and then added Gunsight.

Fred Spicker

Fred Spicker - Aug 9, 2004 5:51 pm

Route Climbed: NE Slope Date Climbed: 6 July 1979  Sucess!

Climbed with Moni Spicker.

We camped near Sperry Chalet and the next day traversed Edwards Mountain west to east, then climbed Gunsight and returned to our camp. A very nice day out with no backtracking except for a small bit of trail.

This early in the season, the NE Slope was nearly all snow until virtually at the summit.

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