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Mount Helen
Mount Helen (8,538 feet) is located just south of Dawson Pass in the Two Medicine Area, and is another great opportunity for non-climbers to stand on a magnificent summit with breath-taking views.  It's literally a simple hike up from Dawson Pass, and the views are unforgettable!

We've climbed Helen many times because it's a great cardio workout during our first week in the park each summer.  And to be quite honest with you, we never get tired of the views from this peak.  It's perfectly located to provide you with incredible views of the Two Medicine Area and beyond.

A view of the Mountain...

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a view of Mount Helen from the southeast. (The camera is facing northwest).  The dark, shadowed butress coming off it's east face is Pumpelly Pillar, an extremely difficult, technically challenging structure. 

Views from the Summit...
Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a view to the south from the summit of Mount Helen.  The sharp spire to the upper right is Mount Saint Nicholas, the most technically challenging peak in the park.  The peak just behind David is Lone Walker Mountain. 

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
As you can see, the views are tremendous from the summit of Mount Helen.  The large peak to the left is Mount Rockwell. (The camera is facing south)

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a view to the north.  The wide, deep valley is the famous Nyack Valley, and is one of the most remote valleys in the park.  The large peak to the left is Mount Phillips with Lupfer Glacier resting on it's east face.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
The lake thousands fo feet below Shannon is Upper Two Medicine Lake.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Mount Doody and Cloudcroft Peaks are interesting members of the view to the southwest.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Upper Two Medicine Lake is a popular destination for day hikers who take the boat to the upper end of Two Medicine Lake.  They look really, really small from up here!

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
The southern section of Glacier Park is extremely remote, and very seldom visited by man.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a close-up of the iconic Mount Saint Nicholas of the southern area of the park.  It is actually a tremendous spire, and is EXTREMELY difficult to climb.  No matter how you approach it, every route is class 5+ and 6+.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
The lake just below us is Upper Two Medicine Lake, and the lake farther down the valley to the left is Two Medicine Lake, where the general store, campground and boat dock is located.  The reddish colored peak in the middle of the photo is Sinopah Mountain.  (The camera is facing southeast.)

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
The tan colored ridge is the south buttress of Mount Helen.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
You are looking into the southwest section of the park. 

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
The ledge to the front of Shannon drops straight down, thousands of vertical feet to the shore of Upper Two Medicine Lake.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Rising Wolf Mountain (left) towers above the north shore of Two Medicine Lake.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Upper Two Medicine Lake rests thousands of feet below us.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Mount Rockwell is to the left and Lone Walker Mountain is to it's right.  These two mountains, along with Mount Helen, surround Upper Two Medicine Lake.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a view to the north.  Flinsch Peak is to the left of Shannon, and between Flinsch and Helen is Dawson Pass.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
A tremendous view to the north looking down the Nyack Valley.  The peak to the far left is Mount Phillips, and just to the right of it is the famous Mount Stimson, one of the tallest peaks in the park.  The glaciers far in the distance are Logan and Pumpelly Glaciers.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This is a view of the Upper Nyack Valley, with Mount Saint Nicholas in the center distance.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
This ewe and lamb Bighorn Sheep were bedded down just below the summit of Mount Helen.  It was a pleasant surprise to say the least.  The lamb was adorable.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
Tinkham Mountain, as well as dozens of other peaks, fill the view to the north.

Mount Helen, Glacier National Park
No matter how many times we've been on the summit of Mount Helen, we never get tired of the stunning views from this incredible peak.

                
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