Mount Oberlin

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!


Location: Glacier National Park – Montana, U.S.A.
Destination: Mount Oberlin Summit
Distance: About 4 miles round-trip from Logan’s Pass Visitor Center / Loop Trail is almost 3/4 of a mile long from the the summit back to the main trail
Elevation: 8,180 Feet / 2,493 Meters
Elevation Gain: 1,480 Feet / 451 Meters From Logan’s Pass Visitor Center
Difficulty: Moderate Hike / Scramble | Class 1 and Class 2 – The Loop Trail gets into some Class 3 and Class 4 involving brief points of exposure, however climbing gear is not required. Route finding can be difficult at points.

Click here for an overview map of the trail.

 

Mount Oberlin is one of my favorite mountains to climb because the views are always amazing and it’s not too hard of a hike. You can add a little extra interest and take the alternate route down, making this hike more of a loop. The trail starts off through the meadows, and past a few waterfalls.

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As you make your way up the views just get better and better. Bighorn sheep and goats frequent this trail, and you can often get a shot of one on the left ridge of Oberlin. When we started up the trail I said, “we always see goats here, so I’m going to keep the camera out”. Of course they proved me wrong, and we didn’t even see one!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Indian Paintbrushes in the foreground with Mount Reynolds, (another mountain on the list) in the backdrop.

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

There are wonderful panoramic views in all directions from the top. You get a particularly good view of Heaven’s Peak (above photo), and the Garden Wall.

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Sitting on top of the world!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

From the top, we took the alternate route down the backside. Below are some pictures of the trail as it winds it’s way through the cliffs. If you choose to take this route down, consult with the guide book and know that it definitely requires hands and feet but no actual climbing.

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Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!     Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Here I am making my way through the “crux” of the route. It’s so easy it’s not even a ‘crux’ but that’s what the book called it, so I’m just being technical. Seriously though, I’m really short and I could still stair-step my way down this.

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

The views in the Logan’s Pass area are extra stunning between the middle of July to the middle of August because there is still patches of snow, but the fields are filled with wildflowers.

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount Oberlin | Get Inspired Everyday!

I’ll leave you today with the stunning view from the summit of Oberlin looking out at the Garden Wall and Going to the Sun Road!

4 Comments on “Mount Oberlin”

  1. Fantastic hike! We just missed you; climbed Oberlin for the first time in the fog July 26th. Super foggy all the way up, but it totally cleared once we got to the top of the ridge just below the summit. We took the main trail up and down; it was very steep with lots of scree. Route finding was a struggle at times; your attached map was super helpful! How much more dangerous is the climber’s route? I’ve heard/read it’s harder to find the trail and there are cliffs… Thanks!

    1. Yes the main trail through the scree is not only crazy steep, but as erosion worsens the route finding becomes more and more difficult! I personally don’t find the climbers trail to be dangerous as long as the correct route is found. The potential danger is definitely higher as you could misstep and the consequences would be greater. I think it’s rated as class 2 with some class 3, the main problem is route finding with this route. You need to have experience in route finding or go with someone who does to be safe. Many people miss the correct route and find themselves in a more serious climbing situation. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi, We’ll be visiting GNP in August for the first time and would like to hike to Mt. Oberlin from the Logan Pass VC. How long timewise is it to hike up and back? Great photos.

    1. I sure hope you enjoy your trip to Glacier, (I’m actually headed up Oberlin tomorrow)! I’ve been up this one a few times, and it usually takes around 4-5 hours, although this really varies from person to person. I tend to stop a lot for photos, so I know some people can do it quicker, but that’s my average anyways!

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