Views from the Summit:
Altyn Peak (7,947 feet) is located just north of the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, and is a great vantage point to see the entire Many Glacier Area. The views from the summit are spectacular to say the least, and the "climb" is merely a class 2 scramble for over 3,000 vertical feet in about 2 miles.
A view of the eastern prairie from the summit of Altyn Peak.
It's fun to see the Many Glacier Hotel 3,000 vertical feet directly below us, and the views of the area's lakes, including Swiftcurrent, Josephine, Fisher Cap, Red Rock, Sherburne, Natahki and Bullhead Lakes are tremendous. The views from the summit of Altyn Peak in Glacier National Park are always a treat and always enjoyed.
The south slope of Altyn Peak is what you see directly north of the Many Glacier Hotel, and it completely dominates the view to the north. Much of the slope is open grass and berry bushes, and during the berry season, this slope is crawling with grizzly bears.
These bears are fun to watch from the Hotel or from the road, but it's another story hiking up through those berry bushes. So to avoid "trouble", we always climb Altyn Peak early in the season before the bears start showing up.
Even though we're careful and try to avoid the berry season, we've still occasionally shared this slope with grizzlies. It's a thrill to see them, but we'd rather be watching them from the road or the hotel and not during our climbs.
A view of the mountain...
This is a view of Altyn Peak just before you reach the Many Glacier Hotel. You are looking at its southeast face.
Views from the Summit
This is the classic view from Altyn Peak. Note the Many Glacier Hotel over 3,000 vertical feet below us, as well as Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. Mount Gould is the prominent peak on the skyline to the right. Allen Mountain is to the left. On the right hand side of the photo is the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn area.
Shannon takes in a view of Mount Wilbur on our way up to the summit of Altyn Peak. She is dwarfed by the overwhelming size of Wilbur.
This is a good view of the Many Glacier Valley, which includes Red Rock Lake which is directly behind Shannon in this photo. Red Rock Falls is just beyond this lake.
This is a view of Mount Henkel from Altyn Peak. The lake at its base is Natahki Lake
Mount Gould is in the upper center of this photo, and Grinnell Point is in front of Mount Gould to the right .
Altyn Peak is an incredible vantage point to view the Many Glacier Area.
Another view of the great Mount Wilbur. Just to the right of Wilbur is Iceberg Peak. These two huge mountains surround the famous Iceberg Lake.
This is another view of the Many Glacier Valley. The matterhorn to the left is Grinnell Mountain, and the peak to the left is Swiftcurrent Mountain. The glacier just to the right of Grinnell Mountain is Swiftcurrent Glacier. The lake in the center of the photo, closest to Shannon is Red Rock Lake.
This is a view looking west. Mount Wilbur is to the left and Mount Henkel is to the right. Note the bright red ridge of Altyn Peak in the foreground.
There is usually a beautiful assortment of wildflowers on the way up to Altyn Peak.
This is a view of Swiftcurrent Mountain from the summit of Altyn Peak. You can actually see the Swiftcurrent Lookout sitting on the summit of this famous mountain.
There's nothing like a day on the summit of Altyn Peak. It's a quick simple climb with spectacular views all the way around!
This is a telephoto view of the Many Glacier Hotel from the summit of Altyn Peak. Note the historic wooden boat "Chief Two Guns" on Swiftcurrent Lake taking visitors on its famous boat tour.
Red Rock Lake is nestled in the beautiful Many Glacier Valley.
There are a lot of mountain goats on the rocky slopes of Altyn Peak. These particular goats were looking down on Lake Sherburne.
It's fun to climb with the mountain goats!
This is a view of Lake Sherburne and the eastern prairie from the summit of Altyn Peak.
Mount Gould tirelessly watches over the Many Glacier Area.
Mount Henkel and Natahki Lake.
When we started up the slope, Mount Wilbur was competely covered in clouds. As the sun rose into the sky, the clouds started to clear off.
The morning clouds are always very beautiful and mystical. In the distance is Allen Mountain, and the lake below is Swiftcurrent Lake.
Another view of Grinnell Mountain and Swiftcurrent Glacier.
This is Mount Wilbur covered in a blanket of early morning clouds.
We always enjoy our day on the summit of Altyn Peak!
We were greeted by these gorgeous wildflowers on our way back down Altyn Peak.