Mount Reynolds – The Dragon’s Tail

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!


Location: Glacier National Park – Montana, U.S.A.
Destination: Dragon’s Tail Summit Off Mount Reynolds
Distance: About 8.1 miles round-trip from Logan’s Pass Visitor Center
Difficulty: Moderate Hike / Scramble | Class 1 and 2 – Lots of exposure after you pass the Southwest corner of Mount Reynolds. Route finding can be difficult at points. Class 3 climbing with exposure to gain the ridge of the Dragon’s Tail. Climbing gear is not required but I would strongly recommend it.

Click here for an overview map of the trail.

This week we did the Dragon’s Tail leading from the backside of Mount Reynolds, or…most of it. We ran out of time and didn’t quite make it to the top. As much as it pains me to turn around, we’re trying to abide by some common sense rules and not come out in the dark. It can be really dangerous to get too far into the mountains late in the day. We started early in the morning, but we weren’t expecting several hours of construction delays coupled with no place to park. We ended up having to hike a mile up the road even to get to the trail head!

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Luckily, we got almost all of the views anyways (and aren’t they spectacular?)!

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Above, is a photo from the backside of Hidden Lake. I’ve been to Hidden Lake many times over the years, but I’ve never seen it from this perspective before.

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

This mountain is called Bear’s Hat Mountain, and it made the list when we found out that you can see both Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake from the top. By the road, it’s many miles between the two lakes, so seeing both at the same time is highly appealing.

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!     Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Above, are some photos from the grassy ledge that you cross before the chute to the top. As you can see in the bottom left corner of the left hand photo, the trail is little more that a goat path of rubble that slides away from you. And…don’t look down, the right hand photo is the thousands of feet dropping away right next to the trail.

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

I wouldn’t attempt this if you’re not an experienced climber or scrambler, and definitely not if you’re scared of heights! However, you can still do about half of the route leading up until the saddle on Mount Reynolds. It affords you spectacular views of the valley below on the other side making it well worth the trip alone! Little lakes dot the landscape and both Jackson and Sperry glaciers are in view. You also get great views of Twin Lakes and Mount Fusilade.

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!     Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

The mountain goats were really out for this trip – we must have seen at least 10 of them near the trail throughout the day.

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Reynolds - The Dragon's Tail | Get Inspired Everyday!

Hope you have a great weekend!

2 Comments on “Mount Reynolds – The Dragon’s Tail”

  1. Rodney

    Thanks or the great photos and information. I am very fearful of heights, so I would like to hike at least to the saddle between Reynolds and the Dragons Tail. My question is about the location of the trail head. I have read that there is a trail off the boardwalk trail from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake. Is it marked or easy to find ? Thanks for any information that you could give me. Happy trails…Rodney

    1. Kari

      The trail branches off from the left side of the boardwalk right before you get to Hidden Lake. It’s not marked and it could be easy to miss – there are a few small trails branching off (made by goats) that could be confusing, but the real trail is wider (about 2′ wide). Even if you take the wrong trail at first, just keep angling upwards and you will find the real trail because it will eventually become obvious! If you take a wrong turn, you can also return to the boardwalk, gain a bit more elevation and you’ll find the real trail. We actually missed the trail the first time and had to go back to find the correct route! If I remember correctly, the real trail is located where the boardwalk levels in a flat area near the top. Hope this helps, and I wish there were more markings, or something distinctive to tell you about! Let me know how your hike goes! 🙂

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