Climbing Stanton Peak

By | June 24, 2013

Saturday, I had the opportunity to climb Stanton Peak in Glacier Park with four of the North Fork’s ultra-runners.  Luckily for me, they didn’t run to the peak!  After days of rain in the North Fork, we were hoping to get to the peak and back without getting wet.  We almost succeeded.  Leaving at 6AM, we drove to the trailhead for Trout Lake at the head of Lake McDonald.  We walked the trail for 2.3 miles until we were about half-way to Trout Lake.  At that point, we left the trail and followed a game trail up the ridge toward Stanton Peak.  The first part of the climb, we had to climb over lots of blow down.  Eventually we were above tree line and continued climbing steadily over open rock.  It took us about three hours to reach the top with an elevation gain of 4800 feet.  Although we saw beautiful views of McDonald Lake on the way up, the surrounding mountains were in clouds.  When we reached the top, we were in dense cloud and it was very cold.  When we started our descent, the sun began to break through the clouds and the views of the mountains around us were majestic.  Due to the steepness of our route, the way down was even more difficult than the way up and the use of trekking poles was very helpful.  About a half a mile from the car, it began to rain, but we were pleased with our adventure.

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