Looking South, from Dawson Pass...

This photo (enlarge for a better view) taken from Dawson Pass, most easily reached via a good trail (6.3 miles each way) from the Two Medicine Campground. The mountains in this view are big, and densely-enough packed together that it's just a bit difficult sorting them all out (clicking on the image to bring up the large size helps). The one peak relatively well-known, and readily available as a point of reference, is Mount Saint Nicholas, which is the large, pointedly impressive mountain on the right. Okay, from left to right: the large shoulder of an unseen peak, completely in shadow, is that of Mount Helen (Dawson Pass is the saddle between Helen and Flinsch Peak); the first summit actually seen, and this in a somewhat unusual perspective, is Lone Walker Mountain; next, the rather "flat-topped" peak in the far distance, partially obscured by the horseshoe-shaped summits of Caper Peak, is Statuary Mountain; in front of Statuary, and slightly further right is Vigil Peak; next, and pretty much center of the massif is Battlement Mountain; then St. Nick; and lastly, anchoring the photo on the far right is a—believe it or not—small portion of huge and massive Mount Phillips. The valley is the head of Nyack Creek, which wraps all the way around Mount Phillips, Mount Pinchot, and Mount Stimson (the latter two completely unseen in this photo) before eventually joining up with the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. An amazing and remote area! Photo by Vernon, July 12, 2007.

(A completely different perspective of this Mount St. Nick area may be seen here.)


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Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - Sep 5, 2007 10:12 am - Voted 10/10


Fantastic photo of an incredible area, one of the most spectacular on the planet. And the caption!--sheesh--outstanding in every way. If ALL photo submissions were this good, SP would be the undisputed premiere information source for mountain climbing on the 'net. Fabulous work, Vern.

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Oct 9, 2008 11:10 am - Voted 10/10


Spectacular is a good word !



FlatheadNative - Apr 16, 2009 12:31 am - Voted 10/10

Great photo

I really like the perspective that this photo offers of the backside of Helen and the peaks in the Nyack region. Nice shot Vernon.


Saintgrizzly - Apr 16, 2009 12:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great photo

Thanks, Blake. Dawson pass is certainly one of the great ones! I've long harbored the desire to take several days and explore the immediate St. Nick area, those mountains are...big!


FlatheadNative - Apr 16, 2009 5:46 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great photo

There are quite imposing no matter what perspective they are viewed from.


distressbark - Nov 4, 2009 1:34 pm - Voted 10/10

that's a wild valley

wonder how big some of the grizzlies that live in the valley have gotten? great shot!

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