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.
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.
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!
Indian Paintbrushes in the foreground with Mount Reynolds, (another mountain on the list) in the backdrop.
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.
Sitting on top of the world!
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.
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.
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.
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!